Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic health condition in Australia that affects around 1.7 million Australians.
Diabetes is classified as either type-1 or type-2. Type-1 is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells of the pancreas. As a result, the pancreas can’t produce the insulin needed to help regulate blood sugar and therefore daily insulin injections are needed. Type-2 diabetes, on the other hand, is essentially a lifestyle disease predominantly caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise.
It is estimated that up to 500 million Australians don’t even know that they have type-2 diabetes. Here are some symptoms to look out for:
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There is no known cure for type-1 diabetes, however, type-2 diabetes, prediabetes and insulin-resistance are all preventable lifestyle conditions that can be avoided (and even reversed) with the help of intermittent fasting.
Here are 5 ways that intermittent fasting can help prevent type-2 diabetes.
1. HELPS YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT - More than 87% of people with diabetes are either overweight or obese. In a paper published in the Lancet, researchers in the UK describe a landmark study in which people with diabetes went into remission—just by losing weight. Short-term fasting increases your metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn more calories at rest.
2. LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR - As diabetes is essentially a condition caused by high blood sugar levels, fasting for at least 12-16 hours allows your body to use up any excess sugar in your system.
3. DECREASES INSULIN LEVELS - Your insulin levels increase every time you eat. Fasting helps to keep your insulin levels low by taking the stress off your pancreas. Chronically high insulin levels eventually exhaust the beta cells (insulin-producing cells) of the pancreas, leading to the loss of beta cell function.
4. REGENERATES YOUR PANCREAS - With type-2 diabetes the pancreas has to work overtime to be able to produce enough insulin to cope with the overload of sugar in the blood. Studies have uncovered that intermittent fasting effectively regenerates the pancreas, helping to restore beta cell function.
5. INCREASES INSULIN SENSITIVITY - As a result of restored beta cell function, the body’s cells now become more receptive to insulin, helping better regulate blood sugar.
If you have insulin-dependant type-2 diabetes, do not fast without the permission and supervision of a suitable doctor.
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