With intermittent fasting, cycles are established during which a person either eats normally or is malnourished. Previous research has shown that such a regimen can improve non-weight health outcomes. Now, researchers say intermittent fasting increases levels of galectin-3, a protein associated with inflammatory responses.
Inflammation is associated with a higher risk of developing a variety of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, the researchers noted. The authors of the new study examined 67 patients aged 21 to 70 years who had at least one sign of metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Intermittent fasting was prescribed for 36 patients. Twice a week, they kept 24 hours only on the water. This went on for four weeks. They then switched to 24-hour fasting once a week for 22 weeks.
After that, the scientists measured the level of galectin-3 and saw positive results.
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