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Intermittent fasting may prevent diabetes

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intermittent fasting may prevent diabetes

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  • Intermittent fasting helps reduce fat accumulation in the liver; recent research shows it also reduces fat deposits in the pancreas, which helps prevent development of Type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin resistance reduces the ability of the body to use glucose, raising your blood glucose levels; intermittent fasting involves incorporating one or two fasting strategies that fit your lifestyle, including a 12-hour- or 16-hour-a-day fast, meal skipping, two-days-a-week fast or every-other-day fast
  • Fasting improves your metabolic flexibility so you may burn fat and glucose for energy. This is vital for optimal health and reduces metabolic inflexibility related to insulin resistance
  • Fasting may be started slowly by initially starting it from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; most of the hours you'll be sleeping, and progressing from there; by adding one hour a week to your fast you'll be fasting 16 hours a day within five weeks

Diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance resulting in high blood sugar. Your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which is used to move blood sugar across cell walls for energy. The number of those experiencing diabetes has risen sharply since 1958, when the CDC estimated 0.93% of the population had been diagnosed with it.

By 2015 the number had risen to 7.4%. As the population numbers had also increased, the absolute numbers diagnosed were 1.6 million in 1958, rising to 23.4 million in 2015. The percentage of the population diagnosed with diabetes rose slowly from 1958 to 1995, at which point it began increasing more quickly from 3.3% of the population to 7.4% in 2015.

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