Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered a new, safe, non-invasive way to control blood sugar. Scientists exposed diabetic mice to a combination of static electric field and magnetic field for a few hours a day and found that this combined method “We’ve Created a New (Electromagnetic) Field for Diabetes Treatment” We’ve Created a ‘Remote Control’ for Diabetes Control, “Calvin Carter said. one of the lead authors of the new study, postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Professor of Pediatrics, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Val Sheffield (also one of the lead authors of the study). Dr Carter added: “Exposure to electromagnetic fields for relatively short periods of time lowers blood sugar and balances the body’s response to insulin. The effect even seemed to last, paving the way for electromagnetic field-based therapy that can be applied at night and lead to day-to-day diabetes management. “This unexpected discovery is believed to change patient care. with diabetes, especially in patients who do not readily comply with conventional therapies. According to new findings, electromagnetic fields change the balance of oxidative and antioxidant elements in the liver, improving the body’s response to insulin. Small molecules that seem to function as “magnetic antennas” play a key role in this process. Lucky Coincidence The first finding that led to this promising study was a (happy) coincidence. Sunny Huang, a PhD student in metabolism and diabetes, wanted to train mice by taking blood samples and measuring the sugar levels of the animals. Dr. Carter offered to lend her some of the mice she used to study the effects of electromagnetic fields on the brain and the behavior of animals. “We saw something strange happen as these animals, although they carried a genetic mutation that made them diabetic,” he said. “They showed normal blood sugar levels after being exposed to electromagnetic fields,” Huang described. Thus began the study. “From the beginning, we understood that if this random observation were true, it could have a huge impact on the treatment of diabetes,” said Dr. Carter. And the remark seemed to be valid. The two researchers collaborated with Professor Sheffield and diabetes specialist, head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Iowa Dale Abel, and found that the combined wireless application of static magnetic and electric fields modulated blood sugar levels in three different 2. The research team also showed that exposure to these fields during sleep led to a reversal of insulin resistance within just three days of treatment. Electromagnetic fields and redox Electromagnetic fields are found everywhere: in telecommunications, navigation, mobile phones. They are also widely used in medicine, for example in electrocardiograms and magnetic resonance imaging. However, little is known about how these fields affect biology. So Carter and Huang, looking for evidence to understand the mechanisms behind the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, reviewed the literature from 1970 to the present on bird migration. They saw that many birds use the Earth’s electromagnetic field to orient and navigate. “The literature referred to a quantum biological phenomenon in which electromagnetic fields interact with specific molecules. There are molecules in our body that are thought to function as tiny magnetic antennas causing a biological response to electromagnetic fields, “explained Dr. Carter.” Some of these molecules are oxidants that are studied by redox biology, a field of study that deals with the behavior of electrons and active molecules that ‘govern’ cellular metabolism “. The researchers specifically focused on an oxidizing molecule called peroxide that has been linked to type 2 diabetes. According to their experiments, electromagnetic fields alter the labeling of peroxide molecules in the liver, leading to a prolonged activation of an antioxidant response. ultimately balances the body’s response to insulin. “When we remove peroxide molecules from the liver, we completely block the effect of electromagnetic fields on blood sugar and the insulin response. “This shows that peroxide plays an important role in the process,” said Dr. Carter. “In addition to the experiments in mice, the researchers exposed human liver cells to electromagnetic fields for six hours and found that a sensitivity-related marker improved significantly. This finding suggests that electromagnetic fields are likely to have the same antidiabetic effect in humans. The research team is now working with larger animal models to find out if electromagnetic fields have a similar effect on animals of similar size and physiology to humans. The ultimate goal is clinical trials in patients with diabetes. On the issue of the safety of such an approach for human use, the World Health Organization notes that low-intensity electromagnetic fields are safe for human health. Also, the study by researchers at the University of Iowa did not show any side effects of the procedure in animals. “Our dream is to create a new class of non-invasive therapies that will control cells remotely, ultimately fighting diabetes,” concluded Dr. Carter.
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