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Type 2 Diabetes Treatment: Intermittent Fasting Reverses Disease in 3 People

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

It’s no secret that diabetes is a growing health concern around the world. In the U.S. alone, over 37 million people are either already diagnosed with it, or are prediabetic, and researchers are scrambling to find nonpharmaceutical ways to address the disease. Bariatric surgery is one answer if you’re extremely obese, but a small study with three people suggests that intermittent fasting could be another solution, Newsweek reports.

All three participants were taking insulin when they tried two variations of intermittent fasting; at the end of the study two had completely reversed their diabetes and no longer needed medication. The third was able to go off insulin injections and take an oral medication instead.

While the study authors cautioned that a larger study needs to be done to corroborate the evidence — which would mean millions of dollars in health care savings alone, if all it takes to end dependency on insulin is to fast regularly — it is still a huge testimony for intermittent fasting.

Fortunately, other research has already been done to back up what this little study found: Following a meal-timing schedule where you're fasting for at least 16 hours every day and eating all of your meals within eight consecutive hours not only can help you lose weight, but help reverse diabetes too.

There are other intermittent fasting plans where you dramatically cut back on your calories for a certain number of days each week, while eating normally during the remainder. The 5-to-2 intermittent fasting plan is one such example. The fasting mimicking diet, developed to match the effects of water-only fasting, is another.

Whichever one you choose, though, the list of benefits you get from intermittent fasting is long. From improving glucose and lipid levels to reducing blood pressure and helping you lose weight, to lowering inflammation and improving immune function and many more, intermittent fasting is something I strongly endorse.

Please note that the quality of your diet does count, of course, even though intermittent fasting appears to achieve results whether you change your diet or not. The thing is it’s important not to look at this as an excuse to go crazy eating sugar and processed foods during your “feast” time. Rather, consider it an adjuvant to your healthy eating plan in your overall quest for health and a long life.

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