Diabetes Clues — From Dolphins?
National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) researchers announced that bottlenose dolphins might have the secret to cure type 2 diabetes, which has been growing at exponential rates. Over the past decade, diabetes has increased by the millions and estimates see the totals doubling by 2020 or 2025 due to the rising rate of obesity.
The original data from the dolphins began with documents that were 40 years old. Scientists compiled the older studies with new information to discover that “healthy dolphins appear to readily turn a diabetes-like state on and off. This mechanism appears to be driven by a very high-protein, very low carbohydrate fish diet.”
“While some people may eat a high protein diet to help control diabetes, dolphins appear to have developed a diabetes-like state to support a high protein diet,” stated Stephanie Venn-Watson, DVM, MPH, director of clinical research for the National Marine Mammal Foundation. Sam Ridgway, DVM, PhD, author of The Dolphin Doctor, stated, “There is a critical need for the diabetes research community to help us better understand dolphin metabolism. This work will not only directly benefit dolphin health, but may provide important clues to treating diabetes in humans.”
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