New studies point to the fact that time-restricted feeding, alternate-day fasting, intermittent fasting, and periodic prolonged fasting could boost longevity.
How? By improving a variety of markers such as visceral fat, insulin, glucose, cholesterol, inflammation and blood pressure.
fasting is sort of an acute version of calorie restriction. Like caloric restriction, fasting—eating little to no food or caloric drinks over anywhere from 12 hours to a few weeks—has been shown to prevent disease and slow aging in a range of organisms.
Although losing weight improves diabetes, there’s more to the fasting-mimicking diet than shedding a few pounds, and it has to do with those organs that shrank and then regrew in his mouse study. “I think the regeneration and the rejuvenation is really at the center of this,” he said.
Resource: Jennifer Abbasi, JAMA. Published online June 28, 2017.