Intermittent fasting may also lower the chance of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
As per new Chinese research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, intermittent fasting can reverse type 2 diabetes. Its denoted by an HbA1c level lower than 6.5% more than a year after stopping diabetes medication.
“Type 2 diabetes is not necessarily a permanent, lifelong disease. Diabetes remission is possible if patients lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits,” said Dongbo Liu, Ph.D., of Hunan Agricultural University in Changsha, China.
The popularity of Intermittent Fasting:
Intermittent fasting diets have become increasingly popular as a successful means of weight maintenance.
It involves refusing food for a certain number of hours each day or abstaining from eating anything but one meal a few times a week to assist one’s body in burning fat. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting might also reduce the risk of diabetes and coronary ailments.
Chinese research on the efficacy of Intermittent Fasting:
The investigation saw 36 adults with diabetes undergo a 3-month intermittent fasting diet intervention. And they found that 90% of patients reduced their diabetes medicines intake subsequent to intermittent fasting.
Half of these individuals achieved diabetic remission and stopped taking diabetes medicine for at least one year.
This research challenges the pervasive assumption that diabetic remission is only possible in those who’ve had the condition for a shorter period (0-6 years).
Sixty-five percent of individuals who achieved diabetic remission had had the disease for more than six years (6-11 years).