Nutrition cause

Fasting

Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast (dry fasting) is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a period of 24 hours, or a number of days.

Protective Factor
5 effects
Measured in serving

Interesting Facts

First Lady Diet
Jackie kennedy onassis in the 1970s 2

Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reportedly favored part-time fasting. Her friend, the late Letitia Baldrige, told Vanity Fair that Kennedy was very disciplined about keeping her weight at 120 pounds. If she gained even 2 pounds, she would fast for a day and then eat fruit and increase her exercise until she was back in her sweet spot.

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Fasting Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Parkinson's Disease Brain outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Blood Sugar - Hyperglycemia Lymphatic outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: High

3 studies

Pancreatic cancer Digestive outcome

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Minor Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Appetite Digestive outcome
Appetite
Digestive

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Alzheimer's disease Brain outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Leukemia Lymphatic outcome
Leukemia
Lymphatic

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Multiple Sclerosis Nervous outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Insulin-like Human Growth Hormone (IGF-1) Endocrine outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Inflammation Lymphatic outcome
Inflammation
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Long Duration of Sleep Musculoskeletal outcome
Long Duration o...
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Needs research

1 study

Fat Oxidation Musculoskeletal outcome
Fat Oxidation
Musculoskeletal

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Breast Cancer Reproductive outcome
Breast Cancer
Reproductive

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Notable Decrease

Evidence: High

3 studies

Oxidative stress Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Hyperinsulinemia Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

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