This study has been around, but isn’t as widely known as it needs to be. Thus the need to revisit it now.
Intermittent fasting has been show to put diabetes into complete remission. We know of two instances in which people who were on insulin were able to eliminate the need for any diabetes medication using the 8-16 version of the diet (8 hours of eating versus 16 hours of no calorie consumption). I was able to take down my own blood sugar level by 20% in 8 weeks on this diet and avoid going on meds.
Given the health risks associated with diabetes and the high and rising cost of insulin, this finding is a big deal. And the diet is perhaps the simplest in the world to implement, since half of the fasting time is spent asleep. And it turns out breakfast really isn’t an important meal for many people and can be skipped rather easily.
The diet doesn’t impact Type 1 Diabetes (childhood), but is for the more common, adult-onset Type 2.
And my partner dropped 55 pounds over the summer with this diet. There have been 17 formal clinical trials with no adverse effects.
- Suleiman Furmli, Rami Elmasry, Megan Ramos, Jason Fung. Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin. BMJ Case Reports, 2018; bcr-2017-221854 DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2017-221854
- BMJ. “Planned intermittent fasting may help reverse type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors: And cut out need for insulin while controlling blood glucose.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 October 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181009210738.htm>. Suleiman Furmli, Rami Elmasry, Megan Ramos, Jason Fung. Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin. BMJ Case Reports, 2018; bcr-2017-221854 DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2017-221854
- Aaron Kandola, “What are the top 5 benefits of intermittant fasting?” Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323605.php
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