Recovery from Type 1 Diabetes Possible!

A fasting diet has the ability to regenerate the pancreas and may reverse damaged pancreatic beta cells in type 1 diabetes, researchers have found! Recovery from Type 1 Diabetes Possible!

A US study, published in scientific journal Cell, tested a modified type of Fasting-Mimicking Diet (FMD) on both mice and human cells. It showed that the diet could regenerate pancreatic beta cells and restore insulin production in type 1 diabetes patients with the ability to reverse both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Dr Valter Longo from the University of Southern California, said the finding have a potential to cure for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, unlike type 2, is an autoimmune condition for which no cure has been discovered by now. In patients with type 1 diabetes, immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells and as a result the pancreas stops producing insulin. Dr Longo also suggested that Fasting-Mimicking Diet can probably regenerate other organs. He said that FMD “can trigger self repair and regeneration processes”.

Knowing about various challenges of long-term fasting, Dr Longo and his team developed a special high-fat but low-carbohydrate, low-calorie and low-protein diet that produces similar effect as fasting but without possible side its effects.

Recovery from Type 1 Diabetes Possible!

FMD leads to positive changes in the levels of glucose, ketone bodies and specific growth factors leading to improved glucose and insulin tolerance. But the most exciting thing about this specific diet is that it seems to gradually restore the ability of pancreas to produce insulin and reverse the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. Although pancreatic beta cells, responsible for producing insulin, are destroyed by immune system yet FMD reprograms other pancreatic cells such as alpha cells transforming them into beta cells that make insulin.

The study has found that the FMD cycles have the potential to stimulate the creation of insulin-producing cells in pancreas. This is a very exciting good news because pancreatic cells, unlike for instance liver cells, replicate at an extremely low rate in adults and for this reason pancreatic tissue regeneration rarely occurs.

The FMD cycles used on mice with type 1 and 2 diabetes not only restored insulin secretion in type 1 diabetes but also gradually reduced insulin resistance leading to recovery from insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

However, despite the positive result, Dr Longo warns people not to go on this fasting diet without medical supervision.

The next step is to carry out clinical trials on humans.


Remember that if you decide to go on high fat and low carbohydrate diet there are many other following factors that will greatly increase your chances of recovery:

– With regards to diet you must avoid or significantly reduce consumption of carbohydrates and increase daily intake of healthy fats such as organic, non-GMO cooked soya, Tofu, almond milk, soya milk, coconut milk, fermented soya foods, avocado, olives, coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, etc. Other allowed plant foods are listed in the articles below.

– Moderate amounts of animal products such as good quality (mercury-free) oily fish, eggs from farm free-range chicken, yogurts (sugar-free) and cottage cheese (must come from grass-fad animals.

– Avoid lard, pork, and if you have to eat meet try small amount of lamb or turkey, always organic and best possible quality.

–  You must learn to control stress and take vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs that are listed in my article on TYPE 1 DIABETES >


Another potential cure for type 1 diabetes is a technique called gene transfer. A virus is used as a carrier to transfer a selected genes into the pancreas where the genes are incorporated and cause pancreatic cells to make insulin. Read more >

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Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH



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