Therapeutic fasting may help reverse type 2 diabetes (T2D) suggest the authors of a new case series of three male patients who were able to cease insulin therapy after following such a regimen.
All three patients were referred to the Intensive Dietary Management clinic in Toronto, Canada, for insulin-dependent T2D. They attended a six-hour nutritional training seminar before embarking on a fasting regimen. Patients 1 and 3 followed alternating-day 24-hour fasts, while patient 2 followed a triweekly 24-hour fasting schedule for approximately 10 months. On fasting days, the patients consumed dinner only, whereas on non-fasting days the patients consumed lunch and dinner.
All three patients eliminated the need for insulin with a month, with one patient ceasing insulin therapy after five days. Two of the men discontinued all diabetic medications entirely, while the third discontinued three out of four medications following the fasting regimen. There was also a general reduction of haemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) levels for all patients, and all experienced weight loss of at least 10 per cent.
Presenting the findings in BMJ Case Reports, the authors said educating patients on the benefits of fasting in the management of T2D may aid in the remission of the disease and curtail the use of pharmacological interventions.