When it comes to the medical world, age is rarely the deciding factor since each person ages differently. This means that one treatment could work for an 80-year-old patient while it might not work for a 50-year-old patient. Procedures and treatments strongly depend on a person’s health and history. In a prior article, it was discussed how our poor health choices can have long term affects. For example, if a patient smoked for quite a few years, they are prone to be less healthy than someone who never smoked. This means that being “too old” isn’t really a factor as much as your health in general, when it comes to effective stem cell therapies.
Fox Chase Cancer Center states that, “Recent studies have clearly demonstrated that older patients reported similar benefits from transplant when compared with younger patients. There is no clear way to define “young” or “old” when it comes to patients.” They go on to state that a stem cell therapy may be great for a healthy 80-year-old patient but, a 50-year-old patient who has smoked heavily may not be a good candidate. As stated in previous articles, it was pointed out that even our stem cells can be affected by unhealthy lifestyle choices. This means that our ability to receive stem cell therapies or treatments can be affected by unhealthy lifestyle choices much more so than our age will affect it.
Whether or not you’re eligible for stem cell therapies or not, is truly up to your doctor or the clinic you attend. Each medical professional will have their own limits or what they’re comfortable with attempting. Some may be fine with pushing some limits but, many will not be willing to push the lines. Stem cell therapies need a healthier environment to foster their effectiveness. Odds are, if a patient is in a pretty unhealthy state, this means a stem cell therapy may not take well. Stem cell therapies are not often covered by most insurance companies and can be a pricier cost for someone paying out of pocket. Medical professionals take this into account and don’t want to administer a procedure that may not be affective and somewhat of a waste of money. Medical professionals can usually tell, from experience, if it will be a more effective treatment for each patient. They will use their best judgement in advising patients to the best of their ability. Most medical professionals can offer other options as treatment plans if stem cell therapies are not a viable option for a patient at that time. However, in a study we’ve mentioned before, aging rats showed an improvement when a healthy lifestyle was introduced for a period of time. In other words, a doctor may be able to suggest some lifestyle changes in order to up the odds for a patient’s ability to receive stem cell treatments or therapies.