Intermittent Fasting 'Not Benign' for Patients With Diabetes
Patients with type 2 diabetes should consider intermittent fasting carefully and not undertake it without the involvement of their physician. This is because intermittent fasting in patients with type 2 diabetes has only been studied in seven small, short published trials of very different regimens, with limited evidence of benefit. In addition, some concerns arose from these studies.
@bodhi Weight loss with intermittent fasting appears to be similar to that attained with caloric restriction, but in the case of those with diabetes, the best way to adjust glucose-lowering medicines to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia while practicing intermittent fasting has not been established, and there is potential for such fasting to cause glycemic variability. Things such as low blood pressure, weakness, headaches and dizziness are considerations, but the big issue is hypoglycemia, so caloric restriction may be a better choice for some patients with diabetes.