Dieting for diabetes too difficult? Try this instead

Intermittant fasting is effective for glycaemic control, say researchers

A 5:2-style diet is just as good for glycaemic control as a conventional daily low-calorie regimen, Australian research shows.

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The authors, from the University of SA, say their trial suggests intermittent fasting is an effective alternative diet strategy for people with diabetes who find it hard to stick to continuous dieting.

Their randomised non-inferiority trial found that after one year of their respective diets, mean HbA1c levels in the intermittent fasting group dropped by 0.3%, which was comparable to the 0.5% decrease in those on a continuous low-energy diet.