Not only that planned intermittent fasting could help reverse type II diabetes, but it might also cut out the need for insulin while managing blood sugar. This is what doctors wrote in the journal BMJ Case Reports, and it’s pretty amazing.
Three of their patients managed to cut out the need for insulin completely. Type II diabetes is pretty common in the US and Canada with one in ten people suffering from it.
People with this type of diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or resist the effects of insulin. This hormone controls the movement of blood glucose into the cells.
Common symptoms include excessive thirst, increased hunger, frequent urinating, blurred vision, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, slow healing of cuts, etc.
But, managing the disease is crucial to prevent many health complications, like kidney failure, heart disease, nerve damage, vision loss, etc.
That’s why these people have to make the necessary lifestyle and diet changes that will help them control their disease.
Still, they can’t always control their blood sugar levels, and drugs can only postpone the development of health complications without curing the disease.
Three patients between the age of 40 and 67 wanted to see if planned intermittent fasting will reduce their symptoms. They were all taking daily units of insulin and different drugs to control their type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
One of them fasted for 3 days a week, and the other two fasted on alternate days for the entire day (24 hours). They only drunk very low caloric drinks like water, coffee, tea, or broth, and had a very low-calorie dinner.
All three patients attended a nutritional training seminar which lasted for 6 hours. The training thought them everything about diabetes, diabetes management, diabetes effects on the body, and therapeutic fasting.
They followed this pattern for around ten months. The results showed that they were able to stop taking insulin a month after starting their fasting program. In one of them, these results were achieved in only five days.
One of them stopped taking three out of four medications he was taking, while the other two discontinued all their diabetes medications. The three patients lost weight by 10 to 18 percent and lowered their average and fasting blood sugar readings.
The authors explain that these results may help reduce the risk of future diabetes complications.
None of them had difficulty sticking to their dietary schedule.
The authors remind us that this study was conducted only on three people, so they can’t draw firm conclusions about this particular approach for managing type II diabetes.
They say that using therapeutic fasting regimen for treating diabetes is still unheard of. Their small study showed that 24-hour fasting regimens could eliminate or drastically reverse the need for diabetes drugs.