American scientists have found a new safe and non-invasive way to control blood sugar levels using electric and magnetic fields. This unexpected discovery may be a breakthrough in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The results of the study have been published in the journal Cell Metabolism.
The discovery was made at random. One of the authors of the article, Sunny Huang, a graduate student of the Department of Pediatrics, Medical Genetics and Genomics at the University of Iowa Clinic for Metabolism and Diabetes, needed test mice to test their blood for sugar.
At this time, Dr. Calvin Carter, the first author of this publication, studied the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on the brain and animal behavior. Suddenly, it turned out that genetically modified mice with diabetes had normal tests.
“This was the push to start the project,” Carter said. – From the very beginning, we realized that if the results were confirmed, they could have a serious impact on diabetes treatment.
The scientists suggested that EMFs affect the transmission of redox potential signals, thereby improving insulin sensitivity. In a more detailed study, they found that EMFs change the balance of oxidants and antioxidants in the liver, improving the body’s response to insulin.
The authors managed to normalize blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes of the second type, affecting them for several hours a day by a combination of static electric and magnetic fields, the intensity of which is about a hundred times higher than the natural field of the Earth. Three days later, the situation with insulin resistance in animals improved, and the effect was maintained for quite a long time.
“We created a remote control for diabetes,” Carter said. – This opens up the possibility of applying EMF therapy to treat diabetes during sleep or all day long.
In search of clues to the mechanisms underlying the biological effect of EMFs on insulin sensitivity, Carter and Juan have analyzed a lot of literature and found that many animals feel the Earth’s electromagnetic field and use it for orientation and navigation.
“This literature pointed to a quantum biological phenomenon through which EMFs can interact with certain molecules. We have molecules in our bodies that act like tiny magnetic antennas, providing a biological response to EMFs,” Carter continues. – Some of these molecules are oxidizing agents that regulate cellular metabolism.
To understand the biological mechanism of the phenomenon, Carter and Juan have engaged internationally recognized experts in redox biology. With their help, the researchers discovered that an oxidizing molecule called superoxide plays a key role.
“Superoxide plays a crucial role. When we remove its molecules from the liver, we completely block the effect of EMFs on blood sugar levels and on insulin reactions,” Carter explains.
Experiments have shown that EMFs change the transmission of signals from superoxide molecules in the liver, which leads to the normalization of the body’s redox potential and the reaction to insulin. At the same time, no negative side effects of fields on mice were caused.
In addition to studies on mice, the authors treated human liver cells with EMFs for six hours and showed that the marker for insulin sensitivity has improved significantly.
WHO considers low energy electric and magnetic fields safe for human health, so scientists hope that they can move to clinical trials in humans.