Public health officials concerned about the epidemic of diabetes and pre-diabetes have focused on weight loss through exercise and healthy eating. A new study suggests that routine water-only fasting one day a week can pull cholesterol out of the fat cells.
During the 24 hours of the fast, blood cholesterol levels rise. But with periodic fasting once weekly over six weeks, cholesterol levels actually fell slightly. The individuals with pre-diabetes also had less insulin resistance. The study volunteers included both obese and normal-weight people. They lost an average of three pounds during the study.
[American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, San Francisco, June 14, 2014]
In the People’s Pharmacy perspective, this sounds like an interesting tactic to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to diabetes. In pre-diabetes, blood sugar is elevated, but still falls below the cut-off for a diagnosis of diabetes. We discuss other ways to ward off diabetes or reduce the likelihood of complications in our Guide to Managing Diabetes.