Intermittent fasting diet can prevent diabetes

The intermittent fasting diet is already known because it can improve insulin sensitivity and because it protects from fatty liver. Now a new study conducted by the Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung (DZD) of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIFE), Germany, reveals that it can also help keep pancreatic fat levels low, as they saw in experiments performed on mice.

In fact, Annette Schürmann and Tim J. Schulz found that overweight mice with a predisposition to diabetes present an extraordinary accumulation of fat cells inside the pancreas. The researchers initially divided the mice into two groups: the rodents of the first group could eat as much as they wanted whenever they wanted. The second group was instead placed in an intermittent fasting regime on the basis of which they received unlimited portions one day and nothing the next day.

After five weeks of experimentation, the researchers observed differences in the pancreas of mice. Fat cells accumulated in the pancreas of group 1 mice whereas group 2 mice had very few deposits in this organ. Then analyzing the pancreatic adipocytes of the mice, the researchers discovered “that the increase in insulin secretion causes the islands of Langerhans of animals at risk of diabetes to run out faster and, after a while, to completely cease functioning,” as reported by Schürmann.

The study therefore suggests that it is necessary to limit fat not only in the liver, but also in the pancreas to prevent type 2 diabetes, and to limit the fat in the pancreas it could be very useful to carry on a diet that involves intermittent fasting.

It is a diet that is fairly easy to follow, non-invasive and that above all does not require drugs.