Diabetes Can Be Wiped Out With A Simple Diet Say Scientists

Scott Falkner - Author

Feb. 26 2017, Updated 7:18 a.m. ET

Diabetes affects almost 10 percent of the American population (29.1 million people) according to the American Diabetes Association. As such, any news indicating that there is a possible cure is good news. Scientists at the University of Southern California have indicated that an extremely simple diet may, in fact, be able to reverse the effects of diabetes.

The diabetes diet study, published in the medical journal Cell, says that the diet causes the pancreas to regenerate itself. In effect, the pancreas respond to the diet by starting to work again to control blood sugar levels.

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So how does the new diabetes diet work? Those with the disease spend five days on a diet that is low in calories, carbohydrates, and protein. Conversely, the diabetes diet is high in unsaturated fat, topping out at 1,100 calories per day. When the five days are up, the diabetes sufferer can spend the next 25 days eating whatever they want. As a result, this “fasting” technique says diabetes sufferers need only follow the diet for less than a week and then can eat like those who don’t have diabetes for the rest of the month.

Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology explained how the diabetes diet works.

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“Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin-producing cells into insulin-producing cells. By activating the regeneration of pancreatic cells, we were able to rescue mice from late-stage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We also reactivated insulin production in human pancreatic cells from type 1 diabetes patients.”

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Thus far, experts are warning those with diabetes to only try the disease reversing diet under the care of a medical professional.


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