FLASH: The Importance of Fasting for Longevity
In his book “Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy and Sleep Well Every Night,” Satchidananda Panda, PhD., cites research showing that 90% of people eat across 12 hours a day or more, and compressing this eating window may in fact be 1 of the most important things you can do for your health.
And a recently published a case series paper by D. Jason Fung details how fasting can be used as a therapeutic alternative for Type 2 diabetes.
In the study, 3 diabetic patients between the ages of 40 and 67 participated in a supervised fasting regimen to evaluate the effects on their insulin requirements. The patients had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for 10, 20 and 25 years respectively, and were taking high doses of insulin daily.
Of the 3 patients, 2 did alternating-day 24-hour fasts, while one fasted for 24 hours 3X a week over a period of several months.
On fasting days, they were allowed to drink unlimited amounts of low-calorie fluids such as water, coffee, tea and bone broth, and to eat a low-calorie, low-carb dinner.
On non-fasting days, they were allowed both lunch and dinner, but all meals were low in sugar and refined carbohydrates throughout, it is important to eat Real foods.
The complete manual of the fasting regimen used is described in Dr. Fung’s book, “The Complete Guide to Fasting.”
Over the frame, 2 of his patients were able to discontinue all of their diabetes medications while the 3rd was able to discontinue 3 of his 4 drugs.
All 3 lost between 10 to 18% of their body weight.
“It was stunning because the time it took to get them off the insulin was between 5 and 18 days. The longest it took was 18 days … He had been told he’d be on it for the rest of his life … We got him off everything in 18 days,” Dr. Fung says.
“We still follow those three … They’re still off of all their medications. They manage it with their diet. The point is that if you have a disease that causes so much disability — Type 2 diabetes — you can allow your body to simply use up that excess sugar. It’s like the body has too much sugar. That’s the whole disease. Don’t eat, and allow your body to burn it off. Now you have a completely free solution, a completely natural solution …
I don’t know of anything that could be better for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. It turns out there are all kinds of other benefits [as well] … Some of the research shows the average person is actually eating for 14 hours and 45 minutes per day. If you start eating breakfast at 8 a.m., you don’t stop until 10:45 p.m. on average. This is the average American. That is unbelievable.
The point is you need to cycle. You have to put your body in a fed state. That is, you eat and your insulin goes up. Your mTOR goes up. But then you have to fast. There’s a daily cycle that we’re not respecting. There’s a fed state. There’s a fasted state … If you don’t ever use that energy that you’re putting into your body, you’re just going to store it, and then it makes you sick.”
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Editor’s Note: Dr.Jason Fung, a nephrologist and author of, “The Obesity Code”, “The Complete Guide to Fasting,” and “The Longevity Solution”. This book was co-written with James DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D.
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