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Intermittent fasting with Type 2 diabetes: Is it healthy for diabetics to follow this diet?
27 Jan' 21

Intermittent fasting with Type 2 diabetes: Is it healthy for diabetics to follow this diet?

 

 

Is it necessary for persons who have been diagnosed with diabetes to fast?

In the realm of weight loss, intermittent fasting is the latest craze. To lose weight and enhance their health, people are turning to this modified version of the classic fasting practice. Most people can safely follow an eating regimen that alternates between fasting and eating windows. Only in the case of people with Type 2 diabetes can one help but worry how beneficial and safe this new eating habit is.

Intermittent Fasting and Its Consequences 

It is critical for people who take medications or insulin to maintain their blood sugar levels to consume food at regular intervals to keep their sugar levels balanced. To keep their glucose levels in check, they should spread out their mealtimes throughout the day. Fasting when suffering from this illness can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can make a person feel fatigued, worried, pale, hungry, and irritable. Intermittent fasting entails not eating for a set number of hours and then consuming all of the calories in the remaining hours. Depending on the style of Intermittent Fasting, the fasting duration can be 10 hours, 16 hours, or a day.

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There are a variety of other reasons to avoid this eating pattern. 

Intermittent fasting also has the potential to cause hyperglycemia (raised blood sugar level). This occurs when you consume all of the calories in a short period, usually during breaking a fast or when you are hungry. This rapid rise in blood sugar levels can result in diabetic consequences such as nerve damage, eye loss, kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

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Is intermittent fasting linked to an increased risk of diabetes? 

Intermittent fasting has been shown to help people lose weight, heal their bodies from the inside out, increase their efficiency, and even reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes. However, other researchers believe that adopting this lifestyle for an extended period may raise the chance of getting Type 2 diabetes. The rapid rise and fall in blood sugar levels may put a strain on the pancreas and develop cells resistant to insulin. The study in this field is limited, and further research is needed to confirm the influence of this fasting approach on our bodies.

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