Medical research in the US proved diet to restore function of pancreas in diabetes


It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day. When people go on it they spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet. Then they have 25 days eating what they want – so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine. The diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell, 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: “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. But Dr Longo said people should not rush off and crash diet. “It boils down to do not try this at home, this is so much more sophisticated than people realise.” So medical guidance is needed to avoid “get into trouble.”


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