According to recent studies, a fasting diet could balance blood sugar levels and regenerate your pancreas. This is good news for diabetics, because it could reverse the a previously incurable disease!
When most of us think of fasting, or eating little to no food, we think starvation is imminent. How could it be good for you to stop eating?
The fasting diet, which consists of 5 days of eating 800-1000 calories per day, followed by normal eating for the next 25 days. During the diet, the goal is to eat less protein and carbohydrates, but larger amounts of unsaturated fats.
So far, animal and human tissue tests have confirmed that the fasting diet "re-programmed" the beta cell in the pancreas to begin working again.
Dr. Valter Longo of the University of Southern California says "By starving them and then feeding them again - the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that's no longer functioning."
No treatment plan has been confirmed at this time, but Dr. Longo is optimistic that we may be able to "use diet to reverse the symptoms of diabetes."
That's not all. Fasting also could improve blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and regulate some hormones.
Before you run off and start fasting, make sure you consult a medical professional. The findings are still very new and experts don't yet know the full effect of fasting for diabetics. It will be exciting to see what the medical community comes up with!