A British researcher says existing research indicates intermittent fasting may
help those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, alongside with weight loss.
A review led by James Brown from Aston University in Birmingham, England,
evaluated the various approaches to intermittent fasting -- fasting on a given
number of consecutive or alternate days -- in the scientific literature.
The basic format of intermittent fasting is to alternate days eating "normally"
with days when calorie consumption is restricted. This can either be done on
alternative days, or where two days each week are classed as "fasting days,"
The review, published in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease,
found evidence from clinical trials showed fasting could limit inflammation,
improve levels of sugars and fats in circulation and reduce blood pressure. In
addition, the study found fasting bodies change how they select which fuel to
burn, improving metabolism and reducing oxidative stress.
Fasting also appeared to aid those with ischemic heart disease. Fasting may even
protect the heart by raising levels of adiponectin, a protein that has several
important roles in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and vascular biology, Brown