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A fasting-diet may trigger regeneration of a diabetic pancreas


A fasting-diet may trigger regeneration of a diabetic pancreas
Ars Technica

In mice with either type I or type 2 diabetes, an intense, four-day fasting diet seemed to regenerate pancreas cells and restore insulin production. Researchers reported this finding on Thursday in Cell.In Petri dish experiments, human pancreas cells from patients with type 1 diabetes also showed altered gene expression and kick-started insulin production after being exposed to blood from people on a fasting diet.The results of the early work are promising for potential dietary treatments of both types of diabetes. Type I is caused by a loss of insulin production, while type 2 is caused by diminished production or insensitivity to insulin, a hormone that triggers the breakdown of sugar in the blood.But the research needs to be verified. Far more work in humans needs to be done before researchers can make any sort of conclusions or treatment recommendations.

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