- A new study shows that a low-calorie diet may help in reversing diabetes
- The study was published in the Journal Cell Metabolism
- Researchers are yet to confirm the results in a human trial
Diabetes is a group of diseases that occur due to too much sugar in the blood, also known as high glucose. Your diet and lifestyle habits play a major role in diabetes management as the food you eat has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels.
For their study, the team used an animal model and examined rats with type 2 diabetes who were fed very low calorie diets, defined as one quarter the normal take. In just three days, researchers found three significant changes that contributed to lowering blood glucose concentrations. The rats experienced lower rate of conversion of lactose and amino acids into glucose, reduced rate of liver glycogen conversion to glucose, and had lower fat content, which is known to improve the liver’s response to insulin.
They believe that if these findings are confirmed they can help in the development of novel drugs that can cure diabetes. At present, there is no cure for diabetes. It is life-long chronic disease and while there are medications and diets available to control and manage diabetes, there's no scientific cure for it yet.
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