Regular Intelligent Fasting may protect against diabetes

Type II diabetes can be treated, reversed and cured through diet and lifestyle changes.  I have done it with people and seen it countless times.  Regular Intelligent Fasting is a key part of the strategy where appropriate.

The new study by the team of researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Murray, UT, was presented at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA, in June 2014. 

They found that over a 6-week period of fasting, the cholesterol levels of those with prediabetes decreased by 12%.

“Together with our prior studies that showed ‘decades of routine fasting’ was associated with a lower risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease, this led us to think that fasting is most impactful for reducing the risk of diabetes and related metabolic problems.  The changes that were most interesting or unexpected were all related to metabolic health and diabetes risk.  The fat cells themselves are a major contributor to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.  Because fasting may help to eliminate and break down fat cells, insulin resistance may be frustrated by fasting.  Fasting has the potential to become an important diabetes intervention.  Though we’ve studied fasting and its health benefits for years, we didn’t know why fasting could provide the health benefits we observed related to the risk of diabetes.  Because we expect that the cholesterol was used for energy during the fasting episodes and likely came from fat cells, this leads us to believe fasting may be an effective diabetes intervention”
Dr Benjamin Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Murray, UT, June 2014.

Study by Dr Benjamin Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Murray, UT, and colleagues, as presented at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA, in June 2014.  As reported by Medical News Today on Saturday 14 June 2014.


 

Posted: Saturday 21 June 2014