Directly from China: Intermittent Fasting Aids Early Diabetes Outcomes More Than Drugs

Intermittent fasting may be a more effective intervention than drugs for people with early diabetes and either obesity or overweight, according to a study published online June 21 in JAMA Network Open.

Lixin Guo, M.D., from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, and colleagues evaluated the effect of intermittent fasting (two nonconsecutive fasting days and five days of habitual intake per week and meal replacement diet (5:2 MR) on glycemic control among patients with early type 2 diabetes compared to metformin and empagliflozin for 16 weeks. Analysis included 405 individuals with overweight or obesity randomly assigned to the groups (1:1:1).

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