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Scientists Investigate Diabetes Antibody

W.L. Meyers | October 3rd, 2012

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According to a new Nature article, a team of scientists is currently testing a new antibody for type 2 diabetes, which affects about 310 million people worldwide. According to the reports, the scientists are currently studying the effects of deleting the VEGF-B gene or using an antibody to inhibit it. The VEGF-B gene is linked to type 2 diabetes.

The scientists are currently testing the new treatment on mice and rats. In rats that were fed a high-fat diet, the antibody treatment helped control insulin sensitivity and increased glucose uptake in the skeletal muscles and heart.

Patients benefit from a diabetes diet

While these studies seem promising for people with diabetes, a full cure or treatment program may still be many years away. Presently, the medical community agrees the most effective treatment for diabetes is weight management. Treatment programs such as the ones offered by The Center for Medical Weight Loss, a leader in the weight-loss field with over 450 centers across the country, are designed to help patients in reversing diabetes with diet and exercise.

Physician-directed plan may help with reversing diabetes with diet

The Center for Medical Weight Loss offers physician-directed weight loss programs, and can help develop diet plans for diabetics based on each individual’s medical history and lifestyle. Thousands of successful weight loss stories have resulted from plans that mix portion control, exercise and healthy diet guidelines. Many people following diabetic diet guidelines have reversed their condition completely.

Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer of The Center For Medical Weight Loss, reports, “We have thousands of patients in the program with type 2 diabetes, and it is almost a certainty that when they lose just 5% of their body weight, which usually happens in the first 6 weeks in the program, in many cases they can reduce their need for insulin and sometimes completely reverse the diabetes.”

Find the best diet plans for diabetics

People who are interested in learning more about reversing diabetes with diet and exercise are encouraged to contact the Center, which operates at more than 450 locations across the country. Type your zip code into the box at the top of the screen to find out whether there is a center near you. Some locations provide special introductory offers for first-time visitors.