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Fasting-Mimicking Diet May Help Reverse Diabetes

Update Date: Feb 26, 2017 07:50 AM EST

Short-term diet may help mimic the periodic fasting modules of b-cell numbers that help in promoting insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis that helps in regulating the symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This diet, designed to imitate the effects of fasting can help reverse diabetes by reprogramming cells according to new studies.

In an article posted to Science Daily, a fasting-like diet was discovered to promote the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells in the body that helps in reducing the symptoms of diabetes. This study is conducted on mice and human cells were led by Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

The cycle of fasting-mimicking diet and normal diet experimented on laboratory mice helped in reprogramming non-insulin producing cells into insulin-producing cells. This became possible to the activation and regeneration of the pancreatic cells and helped rescue mice that are already in their late-stage type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The experiment was also successfully performed in humans with type 1 diabetes. The study was earlier published in the journal Cell.

Similar reports were also posted by BBC. The article revealed that restoring the function of the pancreas can actually help in controlling blood sugar levels and reverse symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. This diet may also help reboot the body. However, experts warn that this diet should not be followed unless a medical advice is available.

The diet includes a resemblance to a vegan diet with nuts and soups with a total calorie intake of 800 to 1,100 calories.  It is a combination of a low calorie, low protein, and low carbohydrate, unsaturated fat diet.

This fasting-mimicking diet is one of the decades promising health benefits that can help in regenerating pancreatic cells halting type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This remarkable reversal of diabetes in mice could one day be a treatment, approved by the FDA to gain control over insulin production and blood sugar.

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