A fasting diet has the ability to regenerate the pancreas and could potentially reverse diabetes, researchers have found. A US study, published in scientific journal Cell, tested a modified version of the fasting-mimicking diet FMD on both mice and human cells. The findings showed cycles of the diet could regenerate pancreatic cells to restore insulin in type 1 diabetes patients and could also reverse both type 1 and 2 diabetes in mice. The study’s co-author, Dr Valter Longo from the University of Southern California, told the ABC the findings were “potentially very exciting” because they could lead to cures for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, unlike type 2, is an autoimmune condition for which there is no known cause or cure. In patients with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. Dr Longo also said a FMD could also regenerate other organs because their research had shown similar effects for blood cells.
This is because an unacceptable level of a probable carcinogen cancer-causing agent was found in some extended-release metformin tablets. If you currently take this drug, call your healthcare provider. They will advise whether you should continue to take your medication or if you need a new prescription. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that develops when the body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes do not make insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. People with type 2 diabetes develop a decreased sensitivity to insulin, which means the body does not make or use as much insulin as it needs. It is the more common of the two main types. While diabetes is incurable, a person can stay in remission for a long time.