People have been practising intermittent fasting from time immemorial. Besides religious reasons, more and more people are now fasting for good health. For, studies have shown that fasting helps reduce body weight and the risks of obesity-linked diseases.
In 2016, Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries on the benefits of fasting. Dr. Yoshinori explained the mechanisms of a physiological process, by which the body recycles the damaged cells, proteins and toxins. The self cleaning process is named “autophagy”, derived from two Greek words “Auto” (self) and “phagy” (to eat).
Autophagy happens only during fasting. It kills cancer cells and disables other damaged cells infected with harmful bacteria and viruses.
According to a recent study published in Nutrition and Metabolism, intermittent fasting helps improve metabolic function and normalise blood sugar levels.
The study conducted on type 1 diabetic mice showed that fasting can help stop deterioration of pancreatic islets and the loss of B cells. An improvement in insulin sensitivity and function of B cells was found. (B cells are lymphocytes that are part of the adaptive immune system).
So, try to incorporate periodic fasting into your eating habit in order to keep yourself disease-free, whether or not you are a diabetic.