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Exosomes: The Shining Stars of Regenerative Medicine

by Les Cole, MD & Kathie Gonzales, ARPN-BC

Exosomes—what are they? All cells produce and secrete exosomes. Exosomes carry signaling and other molecules to influence cells around them. In regenerative medicine, exosomes refer to stem cell exosomes. So, when a stem cell gets something done, it is through the release of its exosomes. There is no regeneration without them.

So, why is this important to regenerative medicine and you? It is profoundly important because you can get everything done that a stem cell will do, but without the problems associated with injecting stem cells of which there are many. In addition, exosomes work better and much faster than stem cells no matter the site of injection.

At St. Petersburg Health and Wellness, exosomes are used for the greater benefit they provide our patients. Below are listed some of the major differences between exosomes and stem cells:


  • Aren’t alive so don’t die
  • Don’t cause inflammation
  • Go directly to the damage
  • Turn on your own stem cells
  • Make them:
    • More youthful
    • Divide to make more
    • Decrease inflammation
    • Repair damage
    • Replace damaged cells
  • From young placental stem cells:
    • Are more concentrated
    • Work faster
    • Are safer

Stem Cells

  • Are alive
  • Majority die in several days
    • Or before injected when thawed
    • All dead by 7 days
  • Dead cells cause inflammation
  • Do not replace damaged tissue
  • Don’t have as many exosomes
  • Don’t all reach damaged areas
  • Must use your own stem cells
    • Which are as old as you are
    • FDA mandated
  • Produce older, fewer exosomes
  • Only work through exosomes

The FDA currently regulates both exosomes and stem cells but is very restrictive with the latter; they are placed in two completely different categories with stem cells having significantly more regulation. The age of exosomes is critical to their effect and your outcome. The younger the exosomes, the better. The older they are (i.e. from your own stem cells, which are the only kind the FDA allows), the less effective.

Exosomes are used for esthetics, including facelifts and hair growth; joint damage/disease; metabolic disease, including obesity and diabetes; autoimmunity; cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, heart failure and stroke; neurologic disease; gastrointestinal disease; eye disease; trauma, including burns; and many more. Additionally, they are being used for anti-aging and preventive medicines from the inside out.

As you can see, exosomes are how stem cells work, so with the above information, which will you choose when it is time?

Should your New Year’s resolution include health, fitness, exercise and/or weight loss, exosomes are a great way to kick-start the process and improve your overall health at the same time.

The next seminar on exosomes is free and takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., January 21, 2020, at St. Petersburg Health & Wellness, located at 2100 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, call 727-202-6807.