Fasting Diet May 'Regenerate Diabetic Pancreas'

Updated: 12/24/18

Recent US research, published in the journal Cell, indicates that pancreas (the organ that controls blood sugar levels) damaged from diabetes may be able to regenerate via a fasting diet.  The regeneration of the organ contributed to a reversal of diabetic symptoms in animal experiments.

During the research, mice were given a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet".  The human equivalent of the diet would be five days on a low calorie (around 800 to 1,100), low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan, but with high unsaturated-fat.  The five days are followed by 25 days eating what they want.

During these animal experiments, the diet regenerated the beta cell (detects sugar in the blood and releases insulin when levels are too high) in the pancreas.

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."

Researchers have indicated that these findings are "potentially very exciting", as they are the beginning stages of finding a new treatment for the condition.  People are advised not to try this diet without medical advice.

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