Health WAIT WATCHERS: How intermittent fasting could help diabetics

WAIT WATCHERS: How intermittent fasting could help diabetics

Time-restricted eating could be key to curbing the diabetes epidemic, research from the Australian Catholic University indicates.

Eating all meals and snacks in a nine-hour window was shown to stop type 2 diabetics from going back for seconds.

Lead author Dr Evelyn Parr said fasting was a practical way to limit post-dinner snacking of foods such as ice cream, chocolate and alcohol.

“We found that four weeks of time restricted eating was achievable for people with type 2 diabetes for at least five days of the week,” she said.

“Now that we know this is a strategy that people with diabetes can adhere to, our next step is to investigate how longer term time-restricted eating might better manage or even improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.”

Extended fasting has been shown to improve metabolic health outcomes and reinforces the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)

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