Your stem cells continue to divide throughout your life to keep your body operating in optimal condition. However, the DNA contained within those cells can become damaged. Stem cells with damaged DNA are unable to effectively repair and maintain the body’s tissues, contributing to the aging process. Excessive damage can cause rapid aging of cells and organs, leading to a poor quality of life and health.1
Accumulated damage to cells can also lead to cellular senescence, a permanent condition where cells stop dividing (or replicating) altogether. Senescence contributes heavily to aging and the diseases of aging.1
Not only does stem cell function deteriorate with age, but the number of circulating stem cells also decreases.1 This loss of both function and number make it difficult for stem cells to respond to the maintenance and restorative demands placed upon them throughout a lifetime.2-8
Collecting and storing your stem cells at an earlier age helps to isolate those stem cells with the least amount of DNA damage, allowing them the opportunity to replicate and function at their highest restorative potential in the future. Younger stem cells have key characteristics that make collecting them now beneficial to you in the future:
It’s never too late to collect your stem cells: StemBank has successfully collected stem cells from people aged 21 to 80. Preliminary research with Rutgers University on collecting stem cells from older individuals is promising.