Quoted from the press release: From human embryonic stem cells to billions of human insulin producing cells. Giant step toward new diabetes treatment:
"There have been previous reports of other labs deriving beta cell types from stem cells, no other group has produced mature beta cells as suitable for use in patients," he said. "The biggest hurdle has been to get to glucose sensing, insulin secreting beta cells, and that's what our group has done."
Dr. Bernstein is really a pioneer in this whole area and was among the first from the mainstream who stated the necessity of a low carbohydrate approach to managing blood sugar. We have a forum thread on Dr. Bernstein: http://forums.ecoja.com/threads/dr-bernstein.21/
"When the fiber-promoted SCFA producers were present in greater diversity and abundance, participants had better improvement in hemoglobin A1c levels, partly via increased glucagon-like peptide-1 production."
"The holistic treatment of NIDDM is essentially the same as for metabolic syndrome, with the addition of a few key nutrients and herbs, and specialized approaches to deal with the complications of diabetes."
Those with more fat intake fared better than those with more carb intake:
"In this population at high risk for developing T2DM, polysaccharide and trans fat intake were associated with worse BCF, whereas increased intake
of MUFA, dietary cholesterol, and fiber were associated with better BCF."