Intermittent Fasting Found to be Safe and Effective for Type 2 Diabetes Management
A new study published in JAMA Open has found that intermittent fasting, specifically limiting eating to an 8-hour window each day, can be a safe and effective strategy for managing Type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have shown that time-restricted eating improves metabolic health and aids in weight loss, but this is one of the few studies that focuses specifically on Type 2 diabetes.
The study compared time-restricted eating to calorie counting in 75 adults with Type 2 diabetes. Both groups saw a drop in A1C levels, a measure of blood sugar control, but the time-restricted eating group also lost nearly double the amount of weight. The participants in the time-restricted eating group did not need to count calories or restrict carbohydrates; they simply reduced their calorie intake by eating within an 8-hour window.
The findings suggest that time-restricted eating may benefit individuals with high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and other cardiovascular and metabolic health problems. However, the study authors caution that time-restricted eating is not a one-size-fits-all approach and should be further studied in larger trials.
Despite being considered a small study, it is the largest clinical trial to date on Type 2 diabetes and included a diverse patient pool. The study authors also noted that lifestyle interventions, such as time-restricted eating, can complement pharmacotherapy for managing Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to weight loss, time-restricted eating may offer metabolic benefits, such as improved blood sugar management, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. However, patients with Type 2 diabetes should not undertake intermittent fasting without medical supervision, as adjustments to medication may be necessary.
While safety questions surrounding time-restricted eating remain, it appears to be safe and effective for managing Type 2 diabetes. Many healthcare professionals are now incorporating this strategy into their treatment plans. However, the study authors emphasize the need for further research to fully understand the benefits and potential risks of time-restricted eating in managing Type 2 diabetes.
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