Can intermittent fasting help treat or even reverse type 2 diabetes?

  • Intermittent fasting involves a regular pattern of eating few or no calories for a fixed period, which can vary from 12 hours every day to 1 or more days each week.
  • Some people follow these diets hoping to lose weight, improve their overall health, or both.
  • A review of the available evidence suggests that these diets can also reduce or even remove the need for medication in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • More research is necessary before doctors can recommend widespread use of the diets for people with the condition.

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Written by James Kingsland on December 29, 2021

Fact checked by Rita Ponce, Ph.D.

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