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Fasting can help prevent diseases !!

First of all, if you thought that fasting is starving yourself, it really isn’t. Fasting is you trying to avoid consuming any food or drink for a defined period of time. And while it may sound like an impossible task, it really isn’t. 

Think of fasting, like something you do on a regular basis unintentionally. It's not like you are continuously gorging on junk food for 8 hours at your workplace or maybe having a whole buffet during a 3-hour examination. It's probably the same thing but only a little longer. And you were thinking that it was practically impossible to carry out. 

But regardless of whether you can accomplish the task of not eating for a few hours or not, did you know that fasting can actually do a lot of good for your body? And when we say good, good as in even preventing you from developing serious diseases. Yes, fasting can be a cure too. And we aren’t the ones saying it. Researchers from all around the world have proved through confirmed studies and tests that fasting is definitely a cure to a number of serious diseases.

Here are a few diseases that can be prevented through the process of fasting alone. Read below to find out more about the disease preventing or curing benefits of fasting !!

Planned intermittent fasting may reverse type 2 diabetes !!

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Planned intermittent fasting may reverse type 2 diabetes !!

Doctors have now found that fasting may be able to help reverse patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. 

In the U.S and Canada alone, 1 in 10 people suffers from type 2 diabetes which may be also linked with other illnesses and early death. 

  • While changes in lifestyle are the key to managing the disease,  blood glucose levels aren’t always in its control. 
  • A treatment called bariatric surgery can be effective but may have its share of risks. 
  • Medicinal Drugs can manage the symptoms and prevent complications but even this still can’t completely stop the disease in its tracks.

Researchers carried out an experiment in which three men aged between 40-67 tried out the method of planned intermittent fasting. Th men took various medications as well as regular intake of insulin to control their disease. The men had type 2 diabetes as well as other problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

2 of the men fasted on alternate days for a whole of 24 hours, but the third fasted for only three days a week. During fast days, they were allowed to drink very low-calorie drinks such as tea/coffee, water on broth and ate only one low-calorie meal every evening. They followed this lifestyle for a period of 10 months. The results showed - 

  • All 3 participants were able to stop injecting themselves with insulin within a month of starting their fasting schedule.
  • 2 of the men were able to stop taking all their diabetic drugs, while the third discontinued three out of the four drugs he was taking.
  • All the individuals lost weight by 10-18 % as decreasing their fasting and average blood glucose readings.

Researchers conclude that the study proved that a 24-hour fasting regimen can significantly decrease the need to rely on diabetic medication. While this was a small study, researchers are still looking further into this going forward with this fasting approach for treating type 2 diabetes.

Researchers conclude that the study proved that a 24-hour fasting regimen can significantly decrease the need to rely on diabetic medication. While this was a small study, researchers are still looking further into this going forward with this fasting approach for treating type 2 diabetes.

The study was carried out by a team of researchers.

Fasting may benefit patients with epilepsy !!

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Fasting may benefit patients with epilepsy !!

A study found out that children with persistent and drug-resistant seizures treated with high-low carbohydrate ketogenic diet may get an added therapeutic benefit from periodic fasting. 

According to one researcher, fasting didn't just merely intensify the therapeutic effects of the ketogenic diet but may actually represent an entirely new way to change the metabolism of children suffering from epilepsy. 

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a diet that includes high-fat foods and carbohydrates.

How does it help in this case?

The ketogenic diet is believed to work by triggering biochemical changes that eliminate seizure-causing short circuits in the brain’s signaling system. The diet was made famous during the early 1900s and was designed to imitate the physiologic effects of fasting. In the early days, fasting was a seizure control method preffered by the Greeks of the ancient world.

A Study was carried out in which 6 children, aged 2-7, and all on the ketogenic diet were asked to fast on alternate days. 

  • All 6 children who had seizure disorders incompletely resolved by the diet alone.
  • 4 of the 6 children experienced between 50 % and 99 % fewer seizures after they followed a fasting routine on a daily basis.
  • 3 of the 6 children were able to continue the fasting routine for 2 months or longer.

Researchers concluded by saying that while this was a study, the results did show that this method of fasting could have potential benefits in epileptic children. Periodic fasts can also prove to be an alternative standalone therapy in children who have trouble taking medications to prevent epilepsy.

Researchers also warn about how fasting practices should be done under the strict supervision of a medical expert.The study was carried out by Adam Hartman, M.D., a pediatric neurologist and a team of researchers at the John Hopkins Children’s Center.

Fasting can help fight fatty liver disease!!

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Fasting can help fight fatty liver disease!!

Fasting can now help prevent fatty liver disease. Scientists have found what really happens at the molecular level when we go hungry. Findings showed that upon deprivation of food, a certain protein is produced that adjusts the metabolism in the liver.

The population of overweight individuals is considered right now as modern society's most common issue. And the resulting metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and corresponding secondary conditions can have serious consequences for health. A decreased intake of calories, such as in the foundation of an intermittent fasting diet, can help to fix the metabolism process back into shape.

A special protein?

Scientists looked for liver cell genetic activity differences that were caused by fasting. Researchers found out that the greater the hunger the more frequently the cells produced the molecule GADD45β which stood for Growth Arrest and DNA Damage-inducible.

Further tests showed that the special protein was responsible for controlling the absorption of fatty acids in the liver. Experiments involving mice also showed that when the gene was absent, there were higher chances of developing fatty liver diseases. However when the protein was restored. The fat content of the liver became normal and also sugar metabolism got highly improved. Scientists were further able to confirm the same result in humans.  The result, a low GADD45β was accompanied by increased fat accumulation in the liver and an elevated blood sugar level.

Researcher simplified the entire process by saying that the stress on the liver cells caused by continuous hours for fasting consequently appeared to stimulate GADD45β which then adjusts the metabolism to the low food intake.

The research was carried out by Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer (IDC) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and a team of researchers.