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To improve blood sugar and slow the progression of diabetes, American scientists recommend eating at a specific time of day. Explanations on this form of intermittent fasting.

According to specialists, 7 out of 10 people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes (i.e. blood sugar levels are too high but not high enough to diagnose type 2 diabetes) are at risk of become diabetics in the more or less long term. The objective is therefore to slow the progression of the disease by improving blood sugar levels.

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And for that, researchers at the University of Langone, in New York, think they have found THE solution. Solution that they have just presented to the Congress of the Society of Endocrinology, which took place in Chicago (United States) on June 15.

The solution: eat for only 8 hours

These scientists found that practicing a form of intermittent fasting called “early time-restricted feeding”, which involves eating only for the first 8 hours of the day, allowed people with prediabetes or obesity to keep their blood sugar in a normal range and prevent them from progressing to type 2 diabetes.

For this study, researchers compared early eating (80% of calories consumed before 1:00 p.m.) to a usual eating pattern (50% of calories consumed after 4:00 p.m.) in 10 participants with prediabetes and obesity. “Results show that eating the majority of your calories earlier in the day reduces the time when blood sugar is elevated, thereby improving metabolic health” emphasizes Pr José Aleman, co-author of the study. “Based on these data, this mode of eating may be a useful dietary strategy for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Source : Early time-restricted feeding improves blood sugar levelsEndocrine society, June 2023

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