Animals with Type I Diabetes can regrow missing islet cells after limiting carbohydrate intake for relatively short periods. This may hold hope for diabetic humans. The ketogenic diet – the low carbohydrate and high fat diet that I follow – has much the same effect in shifting fundamental metabolism.
High blood sugar levels leading to diabetes are associated with almost every disease of aging.
The study, published in the February, 2017 issue of Cell, reported on the results when diabetic animals were placed on a four day fasting mimicking diet. The animals regrew the cells in the pancreas. While this has not been applied to humans, many people on a ketogenic diet are able to achieve very low blood sugar levels and require much less insulin.
Diabetes is defined as having higher than normal blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. In the normal state your cells burn glucose for energy. Many factors in the modern world seem to cause problems leading to high blood sugar. These include a high carbohydrate diet and environmental toxins. Glyphosphate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has been shown to play a role in increased blood sugar levels (citation).
The good news is that diet and exercise, independently, can work to lower blood sugar and insulin levels.
Many of us have inherited genes that predispose us to diabetes. I am one. But our genes do not have to be our destiny. If you want help designing a program to control your blood sugar or just want to feel better, lose some weight and have more energy, call my office and ask for a free short phone consultation to see if my approach is right for you.