With Type 2 diabetes on the rise all over the world scientists have been scrambling to find ways to diagnose problems early so that people in danger of developing the disease can take corrective action. A recent article on abcnews.com explains a potentially important new development in that quest:
Researchers based at Temple University in Philadelphia have discovered it’s possible to develop troubling signs that could lead to diabetes after just a few days of a high-calorie diet… Six male subjects were put on bed rest and fed a daily high-carb, 6,000 calorie diet and then studied to see how their bodies reacted… They found that those on the high-calorie diet developed insulin resistance, where the body’s insulin does not work as well and the pancreas has to crank up insulin production.
The findings are both disturbing in their implications regarding the effects of modern dietary habits and hopeful in that they indicate it may be possible to predict when someone is in danger of developing diabetes and head it off.
The researchers found that a high calorie diet in essence overloaded healthy cells causing them to release potentially harmful chemicals in a process known as oxidative stress. Researchers are honing in on this phenomenon as potentially key in signalling the development of Type 2 diabetes; though caution was urged.
According to study author Dr. Guenther Boden:
These changes produced by overeating, we have not [yet] shown that it made the molecules dysfunctional… We’re working on that.
If it does pan out such research may yet prove critical in helping governments everywhere deal with the rising tide of diabetes cases. In Canada alone the number of individuals with diabetes is expected to rise to 10.8% of the population by 2020, up from 7.6% in 2010 according to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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Of course any comprehensive solution to the diabetes epidemic will need to include ways to prevent people from becoming diabetic in the first place and the Temple University research may be an important step toward that goal.
However, Dr. Naveen Uli of Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, speaking in the abcnews.com article is quick to sound a cautionary note:
Whether this study will lead to medication or specific intervention is still in question. The next step would be to apply to it a larger group and see if this is true of other populations as well.
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