Here is Why Fasting Reverses Type 2 Diabetes and Regenerates The Pancreas
Reversing Type 2 diabetes by fasting regenerates the pancreas, according to science.
According to a new study on mice and human cells led by Dr. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, fasting promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells reducing the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in mice. The new study published in the journal Cell, is the latest in a series of studies to demonstrate promising health benefits of a water-only fast.
The diet used was designed to mimic fasting and appeared to reverse diabetes by reprogramming and regenerating pancreatic cells, cementing the idea that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by diet.
Type 2 Diabetes Is A Diet-Related Disease
The study showed benefits for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics in mouse models using diet to reverse symptoms of diabetes. While genetics is not usually linked with Type 2 Diabetes like it is with Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is a diet-related disease, while the cause of Type 1 Diabetes is usually viral.
Often linked to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes is preceded by an early diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Generally, fatty liver, pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed because they are diet-related conditions. Therefore, it should make sense that the natural treatment for reversing Type 2 Diabetes would be a fast-mimicking diet involving a major reduction of fat or a supervised water-only fast.
Type 2 Diabetes Is Not A Pancreas Problem--It’s A Liver Problem
Another reason why fasting was so affective in this study, especially for Type 2 Diabetics, is because Type 2 Diabetes is, by all accounts, a liver problem. When you’re diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes immediately you believe your pancreas is the organ that’s failing. This isn’t true. Your pancreas is overburdened because your liver isn’t doing its job. Basically, it’s the liver’s job to protect the pancreas by storing glucose, which is why Type 2 Diabetes is a liver issue and science confirms this. A study from the The World Journal Of Gastroenterology, recent findings has emerged to confirm this relationship between diabetes and fatty liver.
Benefits of Fasting
Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing method of disease in both human and animal, popularly used for health and religious reasons and as a method of igniting the body’s remarkable regenerative powers to regain health.
The word “fasting” often strikes fear into the minds of many people. This is likely because so many associate fasting with starvation. They do this without realizing that on a very small scale, all living things fast during sleep, for this is the time the body does its best regenerative work. In fact, your nightly fast is longer if you’re not a breakfast person.
Animals Instinctively Fast To Heal
We can also learn a lot about the benefits of fasting from our pets. If you’ve ever noticed, when your pet is sick or in pain, they’ll often stop eating and go off to a quiet place and rest. This is because animals are instinctively self-healing, and by fasting, can accelerate their recovery. This was generally revealed in the mice study.
The Disappearance Of Symptoms When One Fasts Is Often Dramatic
Fasting is the most effective way for the body to unload its toxic burden and regain health since the body is self-eliminating, self-healing and self- cleansing when given the right conditions.
The most important feature about fasting in all chronic disease is how it speedily frees the body of its accumulated toxic load. Fasting provides opportunity for the body to do for itself what it is unable to do under conditions of overindulgence, since overeating makes the cleaning out of the body’s fluids and tissues impossible.
Fasting Is Not Cleansing or Detoxing:
Fasting is a superior natural treatment in healing all disease. Fasting alleviates the body of its biggest function – digestion. This not only gives the organs full physiological rest, it jumpstarts the elimination and healing process. That is not to say that fasting is the same as a detox or a cleanse, it’s not. An excerpt on fasting from the book EAT! – Empower. Adjust. Triumph!: Lose Ridiculous Weight! explains the difference:
“When it comes to cleansing and detoxing, we’ve been conditioned by clever marketing. Whenever we hear the words cleanse and detox, we immediately think there’s some magic pill or drink to clean out our liver or wipe our gut clean of bad food choices. Here’s a newsflash: The liver is always self- cleansing. The entire body is always self-cleansing. Think of coughing. Think of sweat. Think of a runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea. These are some ways the body cleanses itself. It doesn’t need the extra help of a detox agent. What is needed is a lengthy fast – total abstinence of food for an extended period of time.”
All Fasts Should Be Supervised
To fast, pure water and rest are all that are required for healing to begin. The pre-diabetic may safely fast, particularly if s/he carries a significant amount weight. However, fasts or fast-mimicking diets for the Type-2 Diabetic should always be supervised by a certified practitioner, especially if insulin is taken over a considerable amount of time.