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Fast Fasting and Slowing Down Disease

Fast Fasting and Slowing Down Disease

Can you match the following authors, Benjamin Franklin, Plutarch (an ancient Greek moralist) and Paracelsus (one of the fathers of Western medicine), with their quotes about fasting?

  1. Fasting is the greatest remedy — the physician within.
  2. The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.
  3. Instead of using medicine, better fast today.

Answers: (1) Paracelsus, (2) Franklin, and (3) Plutarch.

Now we’re not recommending long-term fasting (that taxes every bodily system). But we agree with a recent study published in JAMA Oncology that reveals fasting for 13 hours between your last meal of today and your first meal of tomorrow is a great health booster.

Researchers evaluated 12 years of data on 2,413 women with early-stage breast cancer (and without diabetes). They found fasting for 13 hours a night was associated with reduced recurrence of breast cancer (36 percent!), led to significantly lower hemoglobin A1C values (a three-month average of your blood glucose levels) and longer sleep times.

Lower A1Cs and longer nightly sleep patterns also help protect you from pre- and type 2 diabetes, other cancers, cognitive problems and mood disorders.

So, here’s a health tip that recommends more time in the sack! If you eat dinner at 7pm — eat breakfast at 8 am. And if that doesn’t work with getting the kids breakfast or heading to the office, then schedule an earlier dinnertime. Whether you have early-stage breast cancer, prediabetes, or are chronically sleep deprived, this will make you healthier, happier and wiser.

Medically reviewed in July 2018.

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