Press Esc to close
Tuesday 25 April 2017
News updated at 2:24 AM IST

Diet may 'reverse kidney failure' in diabetics

Last updated: 25 April, 2011
London, Apr 25, (PTI): 17:56 IST

A controlled diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate may help repair kidney damage in diabetics, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found a "ketogenic diet" could reverse the damage caused to tubes in the kidneys by too much sugar in the blood.

For their study, the researchers used laboratory mice with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Once kidney damage had developed, half the mice were put onto the ketogenic diet, which is 87 per cent fat and mimics the effect of starvation.

After eight weeks, the researchers noted that kidney damage was reversed in those rodents which were on the highly controlled diet, the BBC News reported. Professor Charles Mobbs, who led the research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said: "Our study is the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes."

Though the findings have raised hope for people suffering from diabetes, the scientists insisted that more research is needed to ascertain whether such a diet would yield same benefits for humans too.

"I certainly think it has promise, but I can't recommend it until we have done clinical trials," Professor Mobbs said. The researchers also need to figure out the exact process that leads to repair, he added.

Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: "This research was carried out in mice so it is difficult to see how these results would translate into any real benefits for people with diabetes at this stage.

"It is too simple to say that kidney failure could be prevented by diet alone and it is also questionable whether the diet used in this model would be sustainable for humans, even in the short term."

Helen Nickerson, from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which part funded the research, said: "Dr Mobbs' novel observation could lead to new molecular insights in diabetic kidney disease." The study was published in journal PLoS ONE.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday follwing a Maoist attack at Burkapal ..

Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday follwing a Maoist attack at Burkapal ..

Police in action students who were throwing brick bats on them during clashes in the vicinity of ...

Police in action students who were throwing brick bats on them during clashes in the vicinity of ...

LJP activists take part in a candle light vigil to pray for CRPF jawans lost their lives in a ...

LJP activists take part in a candle light vigil to pray for CRPF jawans lost their lives in a ...

Remains of the iconic Hall of Nations structure at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Monday...

Remains of the iconic Hall of Nations structure at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Monday...

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar being greeted by his fans on his 44th birthday at his residence in Mumbai

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar being greeted by his fans on his 44th birthday at his residence in Mumbai

Girl students pelt stones at security personnel during clashes in the vicinity of Lal Chowk in ...

Girl students pelt stones at security personnel during clashes in the vicinity of Lal Chowk in ...

College girls shout slogans at a protest against the recent police action on students, in Srinagar..

College girls shout slogans at a protest against the recent police action on students, in Srinagar..

Potato farmers holding a protest over their various demands including proper cold storage ...

Potato farmers holding a protest over their various demands including proper cold storage ...

A man holds his head in despair after grains got drenched in rains at a market in Bikaner on ...

A man holds his head in despair after grains got drenched in rains at a market in Bikaner on ...

Woakes jubiliate with his teammates after the dismissal of Stuart Binny

Woakes jubiliate with his teammates after the dismissal of Stuart Binny

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.