Intermittent fasting diets could increase diabetes risk, suggests a study.
These results suggest that fasting diets may be associated with long-term health risks and should be carefully considered before beginning these weight loss programs.
To determine whether an intermittent fast diet can also produce harmful free radicals, Ana Bonassa and her colleagues from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil examined the effects of fasting every other day on body weight and free radicals. and the insulin function of normal adult rats over a period of 3 months.
Although the body weight and food intake of the rats decreased as expected during the study period, the amount of adipose tissue in the abdomen increased. In addition, pancreatic cells releasing insulin showed damage, with higher levels of radicals as well as insulin resistance markers detected.
Ana Bonassa commented, “This is the first study to show that intermittent fasting diets, despite losing weight, can damage the pancreas and affect insulin function in healthy, normal individuals, leading to diabetes and serious health problems.”
Ana warned, “We should take into account that obese or overweight people fasting for intermittent fasting may have insulin resistance, so even though this diet can lead to rapid, early, and long-term weight loss, it could have potentially harmful effects on your health, such as the development of type 2 diabetes. “