Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

FAQ About Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

Can intermittent fasting help lower blood sugar levels?

Yes, intermittent fasting can help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels by signaling cells to absorb glucose from the blood. Insulin resistance occurs when cells become less responsive to insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by reducing insulin levels during fasting periods and increasing insulin sensitivity during feeding periods. This can lead to better blood sugar control and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Several studies have found that intermittent fasting can help lower blood sugar levels in individuals with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. One study found that participants who followed an intermittent fasting diet had significant reductions in fasting blood sugar levels and HbA1c (a measure of long-term blood sugar control) compared to those who followed a traditional calorie-restricted diet.

However, it's important to note that individuals with diabetes who are taking medications that lower blood sugar levels (such as insulin or sulfonylureas) should consult with a healthcare professional before starting intermittent fasting, as their medication dosages may need to be adjusted to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels).