Some food acids may help young Type 1 diabetes patients become less dependent on supplemental insulin, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Adding foods rich in specific amino and fatty acids – such as eggs, nuts and salmon -- can help stimulate secretion of insulin in the pancreas for up to two years after diagnosis, according to the study published in the July edition of the journal Diabetes Care.
Researchers worked with 1,300 Type 1 diabetes patients ranging from toddlers to age 20. After incorporating foods -- not supplements -- with these amino and fatty acids, patients still required supplemental insulin but reduced their risk of diabetes complications by producing their own insulin.
Leucine, one of the branched-chain amino acids studied, is found in dairy products, meats, soy products, eggs, nuts and products made with whole wheat. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish such as email@example.com or 407-420-5433