Diet may `reverse kidney failure` in diabetics London: A controlled diet high in fat andlow in carbohydrate may help repair kidney damage indiabetics, a new study has found. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NewYork found a "ketogenic diet" could reverse the damage causedto tubes in the kidneys by too much sugar in the blood.
Though the findings have raised hope for people sufferingfrom diabetes, the scientists insisted that more research isneeded to ascertain whether such a diet would yield samebenefits for humans too. "I certainly think it has promise, but I can`t recommendit until we have done clinical trials," Professor Mobbs said. The researchers also need to figure out the exact processthat 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 tosee how these results would translate into any real benefitsfor people with diabetes at this stage. "It is too simple to say that kidney failure could beprevented by diet alone and it is also questionable whetherthe diet used in this model would be sustainable for humans,even in the short term." Helen Nickerson, from the Juvenile Diabetes ResearchFoundation, which part funded the research, said: "Dr Mobbs`novel observation could lead to new molecular insights indiabetic kidney disease." The study was published in journal PLoS ONE. PTI
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