Intermittent fasting, recently one of the most visible trends in the industry of healthy eating and lifestyle, is becoming more and more interesting from a scientific point of view – the fact is that a team of microbiologists from the German institute Deutsche Zentrum fur Diabetesforschung presented the results of their research on experimental rodents. The focus of the study was the relationship between the intermittent pattern of food intake and the accumulation of fat cells, which are known to produce quite a lot of beta cells – and these beta cells, according to early research, can cause the development of type 2 diabetes.
In order to establish the true share of this hypothesis, German experts conducted a series of tests on several groups of experimental mice, some of which were initially genetically modified in order to better confront diabetes. Observing them for a sufficiently long period of time, experts were able to establish that intermittent fasting in some of them allows to accumulate significantly less fat cells in the pancreas, and thereby reduces the number of produced beta cells.
Further studies using different types of food at different times demonstrated that these beta cells can produce too much insulin, which inhibits the body's ability to adequately respond to excessively more sugar being absorbed – as a result, those groups of mice that were allowed to eat at any time, showed a markedly greater propensity for diabetes in comparison with those groups who were on an intermittent diet.
The results of the study clearly demonstrate the fact that intermittent fasting and refusal to eat at a certain time of the day or for several days can in fact have noticeable positive factors influencing the improvement of the general condition of the body and the functioning of the pancreas in particular. Which can positively affect the health of the final person in the future.