There ' s some other really fantastic research on other health issues , too .
The two types of fasting have very similar outcomes in terms of the evidence , so I often use them interchangeably , depending on my patient ’ s lifestyle . In saying that , intermittent fasting is still a very new concept . There are some good quality studies , but we don ' t have any long-term data yet .
The main research that ' s coming through is that intermittent fasting may be helpful for controlling almost every risk factor for chronic disease . For example , with heart disease , there ' s some research suggesting
“ I just love 16:8 because you don ' t have to count your calories , you don ' t have to cut out or restrict anything . If used in the right way , it can be such a valuable tool for long-term health and weight management .” intermittent fasting might be good for reducing systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol .
In terms of type two diabetes , some research shows intermittent fasting might help lower fasting blood sugar levels , particularly for the groups of people that have their eating window earlier in the day .
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In terms of cancer , there ' s a few interesting studies in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer that are generally positive , but more research needs to be done in that area .