Intermittent fasting helps prevent chronic health problems

Restricting the time that you eat to within an eight to 10-hour window every day can help you manage chronic health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting that works with our own body clock, and can help regulate chronic diseases.  

Our genes, hormones and metabolism rise and fall during the 24-hour day, and restricting the times we eat keeps us in tune with these rhythms, say researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Snacking and ‘grazing’ throughout the day breaks the body’s synchrony and makes us more prone to disease, said Satchidananda Panda, one of the paper’s authors.

Intermittent fasting can also help improve the quality of our sleep and our overall health, as well as reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Fasting can help manage these chronic problems, and also lower our risk of getting the diseases in the first place.

(Source: Endocrine Reviews, 2021; doi: 10.1210/endrev/bnab027)