Is Intermittent Fasting Safe for People With Diabetes?

Apr 20 , 2022

Emmanuel Lugo

Is Intermittent Fasting Safe for People With Diabetes?

Limiting your meals to certain times and fasting may lead to multiple health benefits, including lower cholesterol, blood pressure, lose weight and blood sugar, according to a review of research published in September 2021 in the journal Nutrients.
Given that weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and total cholesterol levels are all important in people with type 2 diabetes, IF is worth exploring if you have the condition. Still, there are factors to consider before giving it a try.


Potential Benefit of Intermittent Fasting for Diabetes:


  • It May Boost Weight Loss
Losing weight through IF can lead to improvements in insulin sensitivity.


  • Lowers Insulin Resistance
A small study published in August 2021 in the journal Hormone and Metabolic Research found that IF lowered insulin resistance in 13 adults with type 2 diabetes.


  • Reduces fasting glucose levels and post-meal blood sugar levels
A review of existing research published in February 2021 in the journal Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology included several studies that found IF reduced fasting glucose levels, weight, and post-meal blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.


Potential Drawback of Intermittent Fasting:


  • It May Harm Blood Sugar Control
Skipping whole meals can result in poorer blood glucose control, not to mention issues such as fatigue and reduced energy and, thus, an increased risk of injury.


  • Poor Diet Choices
Skipping meals may also cause people to make poor diet choices, which can have the opposite effect on their waistline and blood sugar. If you haven’t eaten for hours, you may be more inclined to reach for a carb-heavy pastry or plate of pasta, for instance.


Important to discuss intermittent fasting with your physician, monitor your blood sugar closely, and know that your medications may need to be adjusted as well.