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Intermittent fasting and Diabetes: What you need to know

by Contributing Author

Fasting is an ancient tradition and spiritual act in many religions. It is an act in which people do not eat from dawn to dust. Some religious people do not drink during these hours. When you fast for a more extended period, it has positive effects. People used to fast for religious purposes in the past, but science has proven it can be very effective.

One of these benefits research has shown us is that it helps with diabetes. To understand the relationship between diabetes and fasting, we need to know a little about Diabetes. Diabetes is a health condition that affects the food converted into energy by the body in sugar form.

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When this sugar is increased, the pancreas signals to release insulin which transfers sugar into the bloodstream. With diabetes, either the insulin is released, or it does work accordingly, which causes the increase of sugar in the bloodstream. This increase in sugar causes health problems like kidney diseases, heart diseases, vision diseases, etc.

Types of diabetes

There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (mostly in pregnancy). Among these three, type 2 is more dangerous and common. About 90 to 95% of people have this type of diabetes. 

The problem with this diabetes is that it develops over the years, you would not know, and it would have affected your body badly. So when you feel something, you should test it immediately. You need to go to an endocrinologist.  If you suffer from this condition, you can find the best endocrinologist in Orlando or anywhere in the US.

But before going to a dermatologist, you can cure diabetes type 2 at home by changing your lifestyle, food, exercise, or intermittent fasting.

The mutual relationship between diabetes and intermitted fasting

To treat diabetes type 2, you need to lower blood sugar and increase your insulin level. Your body will balance the two and come to its normal conditions by doing so. Intermitted fasting does that. When you fast, you don’t eat, and your calorie intake is low, which lowers the sugar level in the blood and makes you lose weight over time.

When you are fasting, the carbohydrates, stored in the liver as glycogen, converts into energy. The longer you do not intake the calorie, the more the energy is depleted. The body then starts using the extra fatty acids.

The acidic enzymes ketones are produced, and vital enzymatic ways are activated, decreasing the inflammation, decreasing the sugar level in the blood, and increasing insulin sensitivity. With the things the body shows more changes, the blood pressure is lower, the oxidative stress becomes less, and appetite also reduces.

The lesser the calorie intake, the more the metabolism is a slowdown, resulting in weight loss. And we all know that the skinnier you are, the less vulnerable you are to diabetes. Fats are good for our health but more than enough fats and dangerous for our health more than any other harmful thing. So it is an easy way to get rid of diabetes through fasting.

What you need to know about fasting and diabetes

In 2018, a case report of The Trusted Source conducted research on two people having diabetes and was taking insulin as a medication. They were asked to fast at least three times a week. After one month of fasting, they were asked about insulin intake, and they answered that now they are not taking any insulin. They lost some weight as well, and after a few months, both the participant had lost 10 percent of their body weight.

In the same year, another study found that almost half of the people with diabetes lost their weight through fasting, and with that, they stopped using diabetes medication and the intake of insulin.


Although there is no more considerable risk in fasting as every person has different, it is not necessary that it would apply to all the people. A thing may work for you, but it may not work for another person. Before starting any diet or medication, you need to consult your doctor. It is your doctor who knows what is best for your body. Do give it a try to fasting. It is an effective way of losing weight and diabetes. The earlier you know, the better.



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