Originally Posted by ALANSD
A lot of research on Resistant Starches has been published lately. The amazing results from adding RS to your diet include curing Type 2 diabetes. There is a lot out there,this one article is extra good..
As a diabetic, this is a subject near and dear to my heart and pancreas, and one on which I try to stay well-informed.
There is no such thing (yet) as a cure for diabetes. At best, you may go from a medication-controlled diabetic to a diet-controlled diabetic. But diabetes itself is the inability of the body to self-regulate the production and/or use of insulin, and that doesn't
go away, even if you are able to maintain artificial control by means of some dietary supplement.
Those who don't want a mini-lecture, feel free to stop reading here…
The only research that I'm aware of that actually has the potential to cure (some) diabetics is stem cell research where they take stem cells extracted from your own bone marrow (to minimize the risk of rejection) and inject them into your pancreas. In animal testing, this has proven effective in about 25% of cases, but another 25% developed pancreatic cancer instead, so the technique isn't ready for testing on humans. Interestingly, stem cells extracted from human bone marrow has been injected into a mouse's pancreas, and the stem cells actually grew mouse
pancreas cells, not human cells! Whether the use of human stem cells in mice contributed to the cancer rate, and if the cancer rate would be reduced by using mouse stem cells in mice and human stem cells in humans has yet to be verified.
There are several different diabetic syndromes, each with a different cause, and each with a different treatment.
1 - You can't control your diet, and overdose on carbohydrates. As your body gains weight, your pancreas doesn't, and so has difficulty producing enough insulin for your body mass even though your pancreas is healthy otherwise. Ruthless control of diet, as well as medications such as Metaformin can control this. Many pre-diabetics are in this group as well.
2 - Pancreas dysfunction. In a Type 1, the pancreas produces no insulin at all. In a Type 2, the pancreas doesn't produce enough. Usually treated by injecting supplemental insulin. I'm in this category.
3 - Liver dysfunction. Your liver is responsible for converting fat to glucose, and conversely, converting glucose to fat.
4 - Muscles are insulin-resistant. Though the body makes plenty of insulin, the muscles can't use it to convert glucose to energy. The only treatment possible for this diabetic syndrome is exercise.
5 - Kidney dysfunction - The kidneys don't properly filter excess glucose from the blood. Some diuretic medications or supplements can treat this, but advanced cases require dialysis.
So, when anybody claims to be able to cure diabetes, my first question is, "Which diabetic syndrome will it treat?" If the answer is, "Huh?" then I know that it's all hype because they know not whereof they speak.