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Restriction of eating time reduces blood sugar and diabetes risk

Restriction of eating time reduces blood sugar and diabetes risk

If food instead of taken over long periods is restricted to limited time,it not only reduces blood sugar but also decreases risk of developing diabetes.

A small study has found that by  restricting the time period during which they could eat, researchers have seen promising results for controlling blood glucose levels in men at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study has appeared in the journal Obesity.

The incidence of diabetes is on the rise globally thereby increasing the morbidity and mortality not to mention the economic costs.

The researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) assessed the effects of time-restricted eating (TRE) in 15 men for one week.

“The men, who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, limited their food intake to a nine-hour period per day,” says Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn from the University’s Adelaide Medical School and SAHMRI.

“Participants undertook time-restricted eating either from 8.00am to 5.00pm or later in the day, from midday to 9.00pm. They ate their normal diet during this time,” says Associate Professor Heilbronn. “In fact, we told them to keep eating all the foods they usually eat.”

Blood glucose response to a standard meal was assessed each day of the study. The investigators found that TRE improved glucose control, regardless of when the men chose to stop eating.

“Our results suggest that modulating when, rather than what, we eat can improve glucose control.

“We did see a tiny amount of weight loss in this study, which may have contributed to the results,” Associate Professor Heilbronn says.

Fred Rochler, who has been participating in a follow-up study, has undertaken a TRE regime in which he ate his normal diet only from 9.30am to 7.30pm over a similar eight-week trial.

“The restricted eating regime was initially challenging, but soon became more manageable,” Mr Rochler says.

“I only ate up until 7.30pm as I found this worked well with my lifestyle.

“Over the trial, I found that my fasting blood glucose tolerance improved significantly. It changed from ‘increased risk’ level to ‘normal’. This was without changing any of the foods that I like to eat,” Mr Rochler says.

Associate Professor Heilbronn says: “Time-restricted eating regimes demonstrate that we can enjoy foods that are perceived to be ‘bad’ for us, if we eat them at the right time of day, when our bodies are more biologically able to deal with the nutrient load. And perhaps more importantly, if we allow our bodies to have more time fasting each night.

“While these early results show some promise for controlling blood glucose, a larger study over a longer duration is required to fully investigate the effectiveness of this pattern of time-restricted eating,” she says.

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    Prakash Hannurkar June 18, 2019, 6:56 pm

    Diabetes is basically carbohydrate intolerance. So all you need to do is to restrict quantity of carbohydrates in terms of its weight consumed during 24 hours of the day .Also higher the quantity of fiber consumed the better . The food should not be liquidy since it is digested earlier. Fiber in the diet makes the food longer to digest and thus slows it\’s absorption. Fats and alcohol do not need insulin to metabolise. They may increase your weight if taken in excess and weight gain increases insulin resistance. Total calorie intake should be just above your BMR or consistent with your physical activity. Avoid fruits with high fructose content. The best fruits are guava , and all berries .Eat lots of vegetables , eggs ,cheese tofu and curd
    if vegetarian. Avoid wheat , rice , corn ,oats and potatoes. Wean gradually on anti diabetic medication since excess insulin promotes weight gain and insulin resistance. Thats all there is about managing diabetes.

  2. gr8 sounds interesting. Worth a try. Appreciate the information

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    Makarand Huchche April 29, 2019, 7:38 pm

    In Ayurveda there is no break fast. Only to eat morning and evening

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    Opender Krishan Dhar April 29, 2019, 4:42 pm

    As per Ayurveda , you should never eat after sun set . The best timings are 7a.m (break fast ) ; 12 noon lunch ; 5-6 p.m. dinner

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    Allan Hodgkinson April 29, 2019, 3:42 pm

    Eating a small meal about the size of your fist twice a day ie 8am and 2PM works for me and drink only between, allan ex diabetic.