Utah researchers: Fasting has health benefits related to diabetes

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  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    I wonder how much of this is a result of fasting itself. Diabetes is linked to obesity and obesity comes largely from eating too much, so is it the fasting that reduces the risk or is fasting just a proxy for eating less food and that's the primary effect.

  • Mad Martigan SLC, UT
    June 16, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Dr. G. nailed this one with everything. The myths we've been told about "stoking the metabolic fire" by eating 6-8 small meals a day is garbage. Intermittent fasting offers a world of benefits. I may have some confirmation bias, since I fast 16 hours and eat 8- I've also tried 20 and 4 and it's wonderful. More focus, less reliance on food as an upper. I've also upped the quality of foods I eat- eating real meat, fruits, and vegetables and avoiding processed foods. Try it out for a few weeks, the difference is amazing.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    June 15, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    It also has the opportunity to teach self-control when it comes to our eating habits in general.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    June 15, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    Or one could consider the definition of "fast". Some officially practice fasting in a way that makes the 40-day thing plausible, by not eating during daylight hours.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 15, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Fasting of food, eating less is healthful for most people, but fasting of water isn't healthy.

  • Piper Scio, OR
    June 15, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    In reality I think people aren't too put off by fasting. What's tough is having one's spouse not on board at the time you're fasting, who's eating wonderful foods while you're fasting. At the end of a fast I always say to myself, that wasn't so bad and that I should fast more often.

    I once tried to do a week long fast and I was doing really good on it. By day six I was getting really tempted to break it, so I went on-line to try to get some inspiration from fasting websites. There I read someone saying how day six was the toughest day in a fast. After reading that I was psychologically defeated and went running to the refrigerator. I still hope to go for a week sometime.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    June 15, 2014 12:03 a.m.

    All I can say, is WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN all this time? This is NOT NEWS. This isn't even close to ground breaking research.

    Fasting, particularly intermittent fasting which essentially means narrowing the window of time when you eat each day to 8 hours a day or less, has been shown in study after study to prevent heart disease, heal brain and peripheral nerve damage, optimize hormone levels, increase fat burning, improve muscle building and retention, improve cardio endurance, reduce belly fat, improve deep sleep, support gut health, improve gut probiotic levels, improve chronic neurological conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ADD, and ADHD.

    Go ahead, Google Intermittent Fasting. Read the research. Then narrow the window when you eat to 8 hours or less. The simplest way is to skip breakfast and make lunch your first meal of the day. Then finish your eating before 8 pm and you're there.

    And don't freak out about the "frequent meal" hogwash. You actually rev your metabolism higher, burn more calories, reduce brain fog, and increase fat burning when you don't eat lots of small meals or snack between meals.