Scientists at a Toronto hospital might have discovered proof that the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes.
This shocking discovery, which surprised even the researchers who did the study, could end up leading to a near-cure of diabetes. For a long time, type I diabetes has been thought to be incurable.
Diabetic mice got injected with capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, which counteracted the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas. The mice ended up healthy just about overnight.
This goes against the so called wisdom that Type 1 diabetes is generated completely by the body’s immune system attacking the pancreas. Apparently, the nerves also secrete neuropeptides that are required for the correct functioning of the pancreas.
The nervous system might also play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions, like asthma and Crohn’s disease. The researchers have not confirmed these findings in people, and any treatment can still be years away.