Recently, researchers have found that a time-restricted eating pattern may help lower blood sugar and protect people from type 2 diabetes.
In this eating pattern, people finish all three meals within a 9-hour period every day.
The team examined 15 men for one week. All of the participants had a high risk of type 2 diabetes.
The team restricted the men’s food eating to a nine-hour period every day.
Each man started time-restricted eating either from 8.00am to 5.00pm or from midday to 9.00pm. They were allowed to eat their normal diet during the time period.
The researchers tested blood sugar response to a standard meal every day.
They found that restricting the eating time period control help control blood sugar levels in these people.
The health benefit exists regardless of when the men chose to stop eating.
The finding shows that changing when, rather than what, people eat could improve their glucose levels.
Moreover, the team also found a small amount of weight loss in all participants. This may contribute to better blood sugar results.
The findings show that people with a high risk of type 2 diabetes could enjoy delicious food if they can eat them at the right time of the day.
The time-restricted eating plan can help the body becomes more biologically able to deal with the nutrients in meals.
It also allows the body to have more time fasting each night.
Future work needs to confirm the effects in a larger group of people and needs to see if the eating plan can be beneficial in the long run.
The research was done by the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
The lead author of the study is Associate Professor Leonie Heilbronn.
The study is published in the journal Obesity.
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