Two photos of bodybuilder Chris Bumstead: one lying on a hospital bed after kidney surgery, the other shirtless during a bodybuilding competition.

Chris Bumstead: why did he resort to stem cell therapy?

If you keep up to date with the latest news in the bodybuilding world, and in particular that of Chris Bumsteadyou've certainly heard of stem cell therapy undergone by the Canadian athlete to treat his kidneys. But what exactly does this operation entail? And why does CBum resort to this type of treatment? That's what I'd like you to find out today.

An autoimmune disease affecting his kidneys

Five-time category winner Classic Physique of Mr Olympia - including a sublime final triumph at the the 2023 edition - Chris Bumstead, however, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2018.

A autoimmune disease can be defined as a dysfunction of the immune system, causing varying degrees of damage to one or more organs. This is the case, for example, with diabetesmultiple sclerosis and vitiligo.

In the case of canadian bodybuilderHis condition is known as IgA nephropathy. It mainly affects his kidneys, creating potentially life-threatening infections.

Of course, this hasn't stopped him from outrageously dominating his category for several years, as witnessed by his 5 consecutive wins to Mr Olympia.

Today, he is unquestionably one of the most popular - if not the most popular - bodybuilders on the planet. In fact, I dedicated a complete article on Chris Bumstead's careerThe new edition retraces the milestones of his incredible career.

And it's precisely to prevent the effects of her illness that CBum has chosen to use a cell therapy.

Canadian bodybuilder Chris Bumstead, shirtless on stage and medal around his neck after winning the Mr Olympia 2023.
Brilliant on stage, as here during his victory at Mr Olympia 2023, Chris Bumstead takes care of his health backstage.

An injection of stem cells to preserve kidneys

At the end of 2023, Chris Bumstead travelled to Dubai to undergo surgery by Dr. Adeel Khan, a doctor used to working with bodybuilders. Ronnie Coleman and Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay, to name but a few, have passed through the hands of this renowned doctor to improve their health thanks to stem cells.

Returning to CBum, this innovative procedure involved injecting stem cells directly into his renal arteryas I explain in the video below.

In practical terms, the aim is for the cells injected into his body to regenerate and repair damaged tissues and organs. In Bumstead's case, this involved a preventive treatmentAs long as his renal dysfunction is not sufficiently advanced to interfere with his daily life, this should prevent it from worsening in the years to come. This should prevent any further deterioration in the years to come.

Chris Bumstead described the experience as easy, having undergone stem cell treatments in the past.

"I feel good, it was easy. It was more difficult to inject them into my knees. Going under my kneecap was more complicated, but that was nothing!"

Chris Bumstead

For his part, Doctor Khan shared behind-the-scenes footage of his procedure on his Instagram account, extolling the benefits of the regenerative medicine for athletes like CBum.


For several years, Chris Bumstead takes care of its health by following avant-garde therapies. While he and his wife, Courtney King, are expecting a child in 2024, the Canadian athlete recently hinted that he would compete again at the Mr Olympia for a sixth title in Las Vegas in 2024.

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