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'Planned fasting may help reverse diabetes'

Press Trust of India  |  Toronto 

Planned intermittent may help to reverse type 2 diabetes, according to doctors who were able to cut out the need for treatment for three patients in their care.

Lifestyle changes are key to managing type 2 diabetes, but patients themselves can not always control blood glucose levels.

According to doctors from the of and in Canada, three men, aged between 40 and 67, planned intermittent to see if it might ease their symptoms.

"The use of a therapeutic regimen for treatment of type 2 is virtually unheard of," doctors wrote in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

"This present case series showed that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication," they wrote.

The patients were taking various drugs to control their as well as daily units of In addition to type 2 diabetes, they all had and

Two of the men fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, while the third fasted for three days a week.

On fast days they were allowed to drink very low calorie drinks, such as tea/coffee, water or broth, and to eat one very low calorie meal in the evening.

Before embarking on their fasting regime, they all attended a 6-hour long nutritional training seminar, which included information on how develops and its impact on the body; resistance; healthy eating; and how to manage through diet, including therapeutic fasting.

They stuck to this pattern for around 10 months after which fasting blood glucose, average blood glucose (HbA1c), weight, and waist circumference were re-measured.

All three men were able to stop injecting themselves with insulin within a month of starting their fasting schedule. In one case this took only five days.

Two of the men were able to stop taking all their other diabetic drugs, while the third discontinued three out of the four drugs he was taking.

They all lost weight (by 10-18 per cent) as well as reducing their fasting and average blood glucose readings, which may help lower the risk of future complications, the doctors said.

Feedback was positive, with all three men managing to stick to their dietary schedule without too much difficulty.

However, the doctors caution that this is an observational study, and refers to just three cases -- all in men.

"As such, it isn't possible to draw firm conclusions about the wider success or otherwise of this approach for treating type 2 diabetes," they said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 11:20 IST