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Intermittent Fasting To Reduce Insulin Load
"One form of intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting (ADF), involves a 24-hour fast followed by a 24-hour non-fasting period. Alternate-day calorie restriction is under basic research for whether it can prolong life. One can choose fasting 23 hours with one meal per day.
In some contexts, fasting allows the consumption of a limited amount of low-calorie beverages such as coffee or tea. Modified fasting involves limiting caloric intake (e.g., 20% of normal) on fasting days rather than none at all, possibly retaining most of the benefits of intermittent fasting.
More generally, forms may choose to specify various ratios of fasting to non-fasting periods. The BBC2 Horizon documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer covered people who committed to fasting two non-consecutive days per week. Known as the 5:2 diet, people consumed 400–500 calories (women) or 500–600 calories (men) during the days of fasting. During feed days, the diet was regular."
"A 2014 review described that studies done in animal models have shown fasting improves indicators of health—blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and inflammation—likely through adaptive cellular responses to better handle stress. These findings suggest intermittent fasting has the potential to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases; however this has not been reproduced in long-term human studies. The review also concluded that intermittent fasting has not been studied in children, the elderly, or the underweight, and could be harmful in this population. They also suggest that those choosing to fast for periods of time greater than 24 hours should be monitored by a physician, as changes to the gastrointestinal system or circadian rhythm can occur. The review also concluded that fasting is unlikely to have much effect on conditions other than obesity, such as aging or other chronic condition, unless combined with moderate calorie restriction and plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean diet." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting 10/14/2016)
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Dr. A. Parker Call, Jr. received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and practices bilingually in San Diego, California. He also attended several other universities including Harvard, BYU, University of South Alabama, and Arizona School of Health Sciences. Recently, he has been the Director of Rehab at many large rehabilitation centers in the San Diego area and over the past 20 years (including student years) he has treated a variety of patients with vascular disease including those with diabetes, stroke victims, heart problems, neuropathy, amputees, neurological issues, back problems, and other orthopedic and weight complications. He is a best-selling author, publishing several books on a variety of subjects in English & Spanish.
Dr. Call comes from a family with deep roots in medicine. His great-great-grandmother was a physician in Virginia & his father and several siblings are also MD's. His grandfather was a professor and administrator at California Polytechnic State University & another brother is a professor of physiology at BYU.