This article was sent to me by Stan, and it's interesting on many levels. At the most basic is the gross error in the description of the management of diabetes. This is what the article says:
"In diabetic people, chronic insulin resistance means having to carefully control blood glucose, usually with a diet low in sugar, to avoid a variety of medical complications."
NO NO NO NO NO!
Human diabetes is managed by a diet low in FAT. Ask any diabetologist.
The experience of Dr Dahlqvist encapsulates the monstrous medical approach to the use of low carbohydrate diets in diabetes.
I'm feeling a bit polite tonight for some reason so I won't mention what I think about low fat diets and diabetets. Perhaps I need a glass of wine.
This marine mammal researcher can see physiological insulin resistance in dolphins and see that it is PHYSIOLOGICAL. The difference between a healthy dolphin and a healthy human is minimal (can she see that too?). We humans "do" physiological insulin resistance. But she and her collaborators cannot see that there is a difference between physiological insulin resistance and breaking your liver by living on soda and bagels to get pathological insulin resistance... As she says:
"If we started feeding dolphins Twinkies, they would have diabetes."
Not true. Their insulin resistance would go as they switched on carbohydrate metabolism in their muscles. It would take several years of Twinkies to cause diabetes. Like humans. We're fine for the first few hundred/thousand Twinkies. Then we break.
EDIT: Being in the UK I hadn't realised how small Twinkies are. Let's say 100,000 or so to break your liver...
But ultimately we humans need Twinkies to survive. We must eat them to remain happy and feel part of normal society. Imagine a teenager saying no to a Twinkie, just because they are diabetic! No, we must help people to eat Twinkies while diabetic, so we MUST research the "fasting gene" which is abnormally activated in human diabetes. And develop a drug to turn it off, of course.
BTW the activator of the fasting gene will turn out to be palmitic acid. What other messenger would you use to suggest that there is a fasting state? So we're back to using Palmitofake and a continuous supply of Twinkies.
The title says "Dolphins have diabetes off switch"
No, they do not. There is no off switch for a broken liver. Unbroken dolphins are just behaving like unbroken humans. They turn off physiological insulin resistance when carbohydrate becomes available, even if that carbohydrate come from fish via gluconeogenesis. It's simple and it's NOT diabetes.
There is potentially a whole load more posts from this link, follow up depends on all sorts of things...