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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes 253

multicsfan writes Researchers have found that an injection of protein FGF1 stops weight induced diabetes in mice, with no apparent side effects. However, the cure only lasts 2 days at a time. Future research and human trials are needed to better understand and create a working drug. From the story: "The team found that sustained treatment with the protein doesn't merely keep blood sugar under control, but also reverses insulin insensitivity, the underlying physiological cause of diabetes. Equally exciting, the newly developed treatment doesn't result in side effects common to most current diabetes treatments."
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

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  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Friday July 18, 2014 @12:40AM (#47480197) Journal

    It's called eating well, exercising and losing a significant amount of weight.
    I know, I came very very close to having it. Break the sugar addiction, quadruple your vegetable intake, vastly reduce your sugar / heavy foods intake and do a little, tiny bit of basic light exercise.

    In a couple of years, guess what,...?

  • by ArmoredDragon ( 3450605 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @12:53AM (#47480227)

    Sorry but what you say here is a load of crap. Actually no I'm not sorry, it's just a load of crap said by somebody who doesn't know shit about the condition and just wants to find any old reason to attack their eating habits.

    Insulin resistance doesn't magically get cured by eating right and exercising. Yes, you can much better manage the symptoms that way, but ultimately they don't go away. At the end of the day you still have to watch your glycemic load, which doesn't necessarily come from sugary foods. In fact several vegetables can cause hyperglycemia in diabetics. Pretty much the only way to avoid that in most cases is to eat so little that you aren't meeting your daily caloric needs, which means you'd need to starve yourself to death in order to avoid taking insulin.

    I don't have diabetes, but I've been way overweight (at one point I weighed 290 pounds) and all of the blood tests I took indicated I was nowhere near being diabetic even at THAT time. Yet many other people who have a much lower BMI than I do even right now (I currently weigh 215) and are even younger than I am have type 2 diabetes. The added weight just makes it that much harder for your body to meet its own insulin needs, so losing weight can help manage the symptoms (and in certain cases eliminate them until your later years in life,) but it will never cure it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 18, 2014 @12:54AM (#47480229)
    Fuck you. I bench 285, run 6:25 mile, have 11% body fat, and have been a Type II diabetic since I was 9. Fuck you for shaming people with metabolic disorder.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 18, 2014 @12:57AM (#47480231)

    Actually, it prevents MOST instances of Type II BEFORE you end up with a broken endocrine system. Once you pass a certain threshold, however, you're broken, and diet and exercise can help you not need meds, but you're STILL a Type II Diabetic.

    This appears to undo part of the damage done- which is a step in the right direction.

  • Re:wall-e (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 18, 2014 @01:04AM (#47480255)

    And, what do you suppose is the root problem(s).

    Lack of exercise? Not even remotely close.
    Too many carbs? Close, but no cigar- but you're getting warmer.
    Too many of the wrong kind of carbs? Hey, might be onto something.
    Entirely too much FREE Fructose in your diet? Hey, there's one of those root causes!

    To be sure, there's a bunch more, but no matter how much exercise you have, if you drink a soda, it has the impact of drinking 1-2 beers without the booze on your liver and causes you to be fatter regardless of your activity because Fructose is processed SOLELY by your liver and nothing else. That can of soda will cause your blood sugar to spike, the insulin to jump repeatedly because your pancreas doesn't distinguish between Fructose and Glucose, and it'll just sit there until your liver processes it all. Eventually, the fat and the insulin spikes take their toll and your endocrine system's busted all to hell in a manner they're apparently just NOW figuring out (Hence the article)- you just became a Type II Diabetic.

    Once you're broken, though, you want to find a cure/remedy/fix- because being a Type II SUCKS. Esp. if you're allergic to Nutrapoison (which I am...).

  • by mark-t ( 151149 ) <> on Friday July 18, 2014 @02:20AM (#47480483) Journal
    One injection every 48 hours is one helluvalot better than having to jab yourself with a needle 4 or sometimes even 5 times in a single day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 18, 2014 @02:27AM (#47480507)

    Well, I have a problem with how food feels in my mouth and going down, the texture of it matters a lot. The more consistent, predictable, processed feel the food has the more likely I am able to eat it, but alas, healthy food tends to be rough, tangy, contain all sorts of surprises and all that and I just can't stomach it. I just don't know how to make healthy food that tastes *and* feels good.

    Indeed you do. One you should really genuinely seek professional help for. Because you have by your description got a food phobia. Quite common in kids with parents who never made them sit down and finish their dinner, including the nutritious yucky bits, or parents who didn't do much cooking.

    Trust me.. your concept of what tastes good or bad is not what it should be. But it can be fixed. Not by forcing yourself to eat normal food, or refusing to eat with others. It's a complicated, and often deeply hidden psychological root that must be dealt with properly. Because there is more than being a fussy eater going on here.
    And loading up on vitamin pills is not good either.

    Food has texture. Food has variations in size, shape, density. It is supposed to. It's made of different substances. And the more processed it is. the less point there is in eating it.
    The stuff you are eating now is tasteless featureless slop. Not opinion.. Fact. That you find real food so distasteful proves it.

    Good food tastes bad to you because it actually has flavour. Chicken tastes different to a chunk of potato. But your palette is still stuck in childhood. Go to your doctor and get a referral to someone who can help. This isn't a curious quirk, this is a serious medical and psychological problem.

  • by Jesrad ( 716567 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @03:01AM (#47480597) Journal

    exercising and losing a significant amount of weight.

    Nope. []

  • by sacrilicious ( 316896 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @08:16AM (#47481461) Homepage
    Really liked reading your entry... I'm same-minded about exercise and what I eat, for largely the same reasons. Thought I'd put in a plug for xylitol; exactly as sweet as sugar gram for gram, no bitterness/weirdness in taste, natural, long long history of usage in Europe, *is safe for diabetics* because it doesn't cause the same insulin reaction that sugar does, and even helps prevent tooth decay (because it looks enough like sugar to mouth bacteria that they try to digest it, but fail/die). []

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