Mimicking Temporary Fasting May Reduce Metabolic Risk Factors
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Monday, March 06, 2017 12:44 PM

News bite: A diet that mimics sporadic fasting may reduce body weight and total body fat and improve metabolic markers.

A new study indicates that following a diet that mimics sporadic fasting over the course of 3 months reduced body weight and total body fat and improved metabolic markers in healthy adults.

Notes the author, “These results indicate that the periodic [fasting-mimicking diet (FMD)] cycles are effective in improving the levels of an array of metabolic markers/risk factors associated with poor health and aging and with multiple age-related diseases.” A benefit of their diet approach is that it is easier and safer to adhere to than other types of stricter fasting. Prolonged fasting is difficult to implement in human subjects and may exacerbate preexisting nutritional deficiencies.

“The results indicate that the diet will help prevent and treat diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. It is clear that the FMD reduces diseases risk factors. However, [US Food and Drug Administration] trials will be necessary to demonstrate whether the periodic FMD is effective in disease prevention and treatment.”

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/875833