Fasting against diabetes

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Diabetes is a disease typically associated with old age, especially when speaking of type 2, characterized for insulin resistance, and associated with obesity and therefore, more likely to occur in old age.

A recent couple of papers published in Cell and Science Translational Medicine point to the healing potential of a fasting-mimicking diet for resetting pancreatic insulin producing cells, which are rendered inactive in type 1 diabetes and at latest stages in type 2 diabetes. The cycling diet in mice involved 4 days of fasting-like diet a week. Mice on this diet regained healthy insulin production, reduced insulin resistance and demonstrated more stable levels of blood glucose, thus reverting the symptoms of the disease.