Intermittent fasting Model has been studied in people with diabetes referred to as early restricted time diet.
Three guys with type 2 diabetes have been able to stop insulin treatment completely after intermittent rapid, but experts caution that people should not try such a diet plan without any medical supervision.
A small paper published in BMJ Case Reports Three men aged 40 to 67 years tested random fasting for about 10 months.
All men could stop insulin treatment within a month of the start of intermittent fasting. One of the men was able to discontinue insulin therapy only after five days of this method of fasting.
“This study shows that discontinuation of fasting diet has the potential to fully cure type 2 diabetes, even if someone has been suffering from the disease for 25 years. It’s changing everything on how we should treat illness,” Dr. Jason Fung, study author and research director in Intensive Dietary Management Program, told.
“It’s probably dangerous to tell patients that their diabetes has been reversed or healed, because you’re always at risk of going on, even though they are not treated by medicines,” Dr. Matthew Freeby, Director of the Gonda Diabetes Center in Los Angeles and Associate Director of Diabetes Clinical Programs at the David Geffen UCLA Medical School, told medical journals.
Dr. Robert Gabbay, MD of the Joslin Diabetes Centre in Massachusetts, agrees with Dr. Freeby.
“We’re not thinking about overturning him, but rather that he’s in remission. We still have to watch for complications as far as we know,” he said to medical journals.
What happens with diabetes
In someone with type 2 diabetes, the cells become resistant to insulin and do not usually react to insulin, which helps regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.
“When we take foods containing carbohydrates like bread, cereals, pasta, starchy vegetables, dairy rice sweets, the body digests carbohydrates into single sugars. At the same time, the pancreas is given a signal to release insulin. Insulin is released into the blood and carries suger or glucose into the cell, followed by glucose as an energy source. ” Lauri Wright, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of South Florida, said at medical journals.
“Without a well-functioning insulin as seen in type 2 diabetes, some of the only sugars are deposited in the blood and are unable to provide energy to the cells,” she stated.
Hyperglycemia can be harmful to the body and can cause other health problems, including kidney problems, vision problems and heart disease.
Type 2 diabetes can be managed by eating well and exercising. Some people can receive recommended insulin shots to help reduce their blood sugar levels.
Results from the study
In Fung’s research, three men tried intermittent fasting to see how it affected their diabetes.
Two of the men fasted every two days over a 24-hour period. One of them fasted three days a week.
On those days when men fasted, they were allowed to drink low-calorie drinks like tea, coffee, lime water and broth. They have also been allowed to eat low calories at night.
“Fasting is just the oldest food intervention known to humankind, which have been used for many years of antiquity and which have been part of human culture and religion for at least as long,” said Mr. Fung.
“What amazed me most was the speed with which patients improved,” Fung added. “After 25 years of diabetes, it took up to 18 days to get rid of insulin. All three patients improved their diabetes to the point of no longer requiring insulin, and it took only 5 to 18 days for this study,” he said.
“Imagine taking insulin for 10 years, and in the meantime, someone would have been able to treat you with intermittent fasting, and you wouldn’t have had to take insulin on a regular basis for the past decade,” Fung said.
Fung recognized that his study is small and that further research is necessary.
Some cautionary words
All experts who have spoken with medical journals need to be made aware of the results of this anecdotal study.
“For many diabetics, such a study outcome can be considered insulting,” Raquel Pereira, a diabetes nutritionist, told journal.
“People with diabetes already have a prognosis of the disease, complications, and limitations. Imagine saying that how they can manage or control this disease is to deprive themselves of nutritious food, that provide health benefits and energy and enjoyment,” she said.
“As scientists, we must focus our efforts on finding more accessible solutions. and have a more positive impact on the health of the vast majority of people living with diabetes,” said Mr. Pereira.
She says that fasting for a person suffering from diabetes can probably be dangerous and requires medical supervision.
“Research on fasting is minimal or small, and we certainly need better controlled research tests to know if there are benefits, but more importantly, who could benefit from it,” Pereira said.
“Disorderly eating habits are very common in diabetes, and I would be very concerned about the long-term results of fasting. “Many people can feel low energy, fatigue, low mental concentration, weak reflexes, headaches, reduced immunity and, because of this, their quality of life and productivity suffer,” she said.
In Wright’s opinion, fasting does not always have a positive effect on diabetics.
“For patients with diabetes, mainly on insulin, fasting may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). “We see people fasting or eating for long periods of time when they go back to eating, which is disruptive or ineffective for diabetes,” she said.
“A study like this provides clues to continue the research,” Wright said. “Global research on intermittent fasting among people with diabetes is limited and must be developed before we can make suggestions to support fasting.”
A small study carried out with three men with type 2 diabetes found that they were able to stop the insulin dose after intermittent fasting.
However, experts say that more research is needed, and people should not undertake such a fast without consulting their physician or medical professional.