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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.
"The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of," said Dr. Jason Fung, of Scarborough Hospital, in Ontario, and colleagues.
But this trial showed that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication, the study authors said.
After a six-hour training seminar, two of the men fasted on alternate days for a full 24 hours, while the third fasted three days a week.
On fast days, they were allowed to drink very low calorie drinks (tea/coffee, water or broth) and to eat one very low calorie meal in the evening.
All three were able to stop their insulin injections within a month of starting their fasting schedule. For one man, this took only five days.
The findings were published Oct. 9 in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
Because this was an observational study that included just three patients, it's impossible to draw firm conclusions about the use of fasting to treat type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted.
Still, the results are noteworthy, given that one in 10 Americans and Canadians have type 2 diabetes, the investigators said in a journal news release. The disease is associated with other serious health problems and premature death.
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: BMJ Case Reports, news release, Oct. 9, 2018