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Fasting Diets Could Combat Diabetes -- Erika Kurre

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Hermitage, TN - Hope tonight for those worried about inheriting diabetes and it's all about what you don't eat.

Those fad diets may not be all bad news.
   
A new study has found there are some health benefits to skipping some meals.

The study by some Intermountain Healthcare Researchers in Utah adds fasting to the list of things that could possibly help fight pre-diabetes.

TriStar Summit Medical Center Family Nurse Practitioner Rachel McHenry says, "From a metabolic standpoint, what is happening is when you fast, your body taps into your fat cells.  So it's using your fat as your energy source instead of your blood sugar as your energy source."

The researchers found after eating nothing but water for 24-hours over a six week period, cholesterol levels also dropped which changes insulin levels and lowers your blood sugar.

It's caught some attention as many fad diets include fasting.
   
The 5:2 Diet and the Dodo eating plan are among those that go days without food.

Diets like intermittent fasting could lead to binge eating which McHenry says is a slippery slope.

Recommending a fasting diet would have to be on a case-by-case basis.

Mchenry says there's still more research to be done before safely recommending fasting.

But she's glad there's hope in the fight against diabetes.

Fasting is only being studied as help for pre-diabetics.
   
McHenry says it's dangerious for those already with the disease.