A recent Canadian study suggests that occasional fasting is able to help control type 2 diabetes. This could turn out a really simple but highly effective tool for the millions who are affected by the condition all over the world. The study’s findings have been published on October 9th in the Journal BMJ Case Reports.
The trial proved that 24-hour fasting regimens have the ability to significantly reverse or even eliminate the need for diabetic medication.
Doctors from Scarborough Hospital, Ontario, analyzed three male patients between 40 and 67 years old.
They were put on the diet and before the intermittent fasting, and they were injected at least 70 units of insulin on a daily basis. They all had high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
They also attended a nutritional training program before starting the diet, and they were informed how to manage their chronic condition via a healthy lifestyle and diet. Two of the patients fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, and one of them fasted three days a week.
During the fast day, they could drink low-calorie drinks such as water, tea or coffee and to only eat one very low-calorie meal in the evening.
Stopping insulin injections
The results showed that all of them were able to stop their insulin injections within a month since starting their fasting.
For one of them, it only took five days. Two of them were able to stop taking all their other diabetes drugs, and the third stopped three of four diabetes drugs.
The trio lost between 10% and 18% of their body weight and reduced their blood sugar levels. This was really important because it may help lower the risk of future diabetes complications, according to the study.
“The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of,” said Dr. Jason Fung and colleagues, who conducted the trial. More research has to be conducted on the subject.
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