1. Promotes Blood Sugar Control by Reducing Insulin Resistance
Several studies have found that fasting may improve blood sugar control, which could be especially useful for those at risk of diabetes. In fact, one study in 10 people with type 2 diabetes showed that short-term intermittent fasting significantly decreased blood sugar levels. Coupled with the potential blood sugar-lowering side effects of fasting, this could help keep your blood sugar steady, preventing spikes and crashes in your levels.
2. Promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation
While acute inflammation is a normal immune process used to help fight off infections, chronic inflammation can have serious consequences for your health. One study in 50 healthy adults showed that intermittent fasting for one month significantly decreased levels of inflammatory markers. Several studies have found that fasting can also be useful in treating inflammatory conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.
3. May Enhance Heart Health
Heart disease is considered the leading cause of death around the world, accounting for an estimated 31.5% of deaths globally. One study in 110 obese adults showed that fasting for three weeks under medical supervision significantly decreased blood pressure, as well as levels of blood triglycerides, total cholesterol, and “bad” LDL cholesterol. In addition, one study of 4,629 people associated fasting with a lower risk of coronary artery disease, as well as significantly lower risk of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
4. Aids Weight Loss by Limiting Calorie Intake and Boosting Metabolism
Some research has found that short-term fasting may boost metabolism by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which could enhance weight loss. One review showed that whole-day fasting could reduce body weight by up to 9% and significantly decrease body fat over 12-24 weeks. Fasting is also found to be more effective than calorie restriction at increasing fat loss while simultaneously preserving muscle tissue.
The Bottom Line
Fasting is a practice that has been associated with a wide array of potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function, and cancer prevention. When coupled with a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle with Healthy Lifestyle Secrets, incorporating fasting into your routine could benefit your health.
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