Fasting diet can regenerate a diabetic pancreas – astoundingly for both type 1 and type 2!
According to US researchers, the pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fast.
Fasting reprogrammes cells in the pancreas to start producing insulin again, say researchers from the University of Southern California, led by Dr Valter Longo.
Fasting for four days – when calorie intake is kept between 750 and 1,100 calories a day – reverses symptoms of diabetes, a disease of insulin-resistance where the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to break-down sugars in food.
The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body.
Fasting kick-starts the cells’ insulin-producing functions, the researchers found in experiments on mice and human cells. Even mice whose diabetes was at a late-stage responded to fasting and started producing insulin again.
“Cycles of fasting and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin-producing cells into insulin-producing cells.” Dr. Longo.
The mice regained healthy insulin production, reduced insulin resistance and established more stable levels of blood glucose at every stage of diabetes. A similar effect was seen in the human cells that were tested.
Last week, the researchers released a research paper that suggested that fasting could help reduce the usual risk factors for cancer and heart disease.
Experts say the findings are potentially very exciting as they could become a new treatment for the disease in the near future – but people are currently advised not to try this without medical advice; Dr Longo said people should not rush off and crash diet. It is “more sophisticated” than people realise and people could get into trouble with their health if it was done without proper medical supervision.
What is truly amazing about this latest research is that science is at last catching up with what yogis have said for the last 6,000 years… the human body can regenerate itself even in the face of serious diseases. We just have to know ‘how’.
The healing power of the body is truly within!
Animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell. These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high.
Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: “Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back – by starving them and then feeding them again – the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.”
There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments.
Type 1 is caused by the immune system destroying beta cells and type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle and the body no longer responding to insulin.
Further tests on tissue samples from people with type 1 diabetes produced similar effects.
Dr Longo said: “Medically, these findings have the potential to be very important because we’ve shown – at least in mouse models – that you can use diet to reverse the symptoms of diabetes.
“Scientifically, the findings are perhaps even more important because we’ve shown that you can use diet to reprogramme cells without having to make any genetic alterations.”