We generally think that if we fast every alternate day, we might lose our weight more swiftly. However, is it the way we think? Let us check this out!

Scientists have found out that by fasting every other day might lead to side effects. These side effects may cause damage to the body. This scientific conclusion came forward in the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology.

The research infers that the fasting based diets may send an open application to diabetes. It would result out of the impaired action of the insulin hormone. The hormone insulin is produced in the pancreas and is known as the sugar-controlling hormone. The researchers further add that when someone aims to start fasting-based diets, it should be well-monitored by the healthcare professional.

Ana Bonassa says, ‘This is the first study to show that, despite weight loss, intermittent fasting diets may damage the pancreas and affect insulin function in normal healthy individuals, which could lead to diabetes and serious health issues.” Ana Bonassa is the representative of the team who carried out the research study on the fasting-based diets. The research team hails from the University of São Paulo which is located in Brazil.

Recently, the planet is witnessing a rise in the intermittent fasting regime. The intermittent fasting is a regime where the participants fast for two out of the seven days of a week or them fast on every alternate day.

The research carried out early, shows that the short-term fasting can give rise to the specific molecules called as the free radicals and the highly reactive chemicals. These potent molecules can damage the body cells which impairs the body organ functioning. Also, it may also terminate into cancer risks and the accelerate aging.

What did the São Paulo researchers do?

The researchers carefully monitored the effects of the fasting-based diet undertaken on every alternate day. It was observed for its impact on the body weight, internal levels of the free radical formation and the functional level of the insulin hormone in the normal adult rats. The observations were carried out for a period of about three months. The rat’s body weight and food intake decreased considerably. On the other hand, the amount of the fat tissue deposition in their abdomen increased. Also, the pancreatic cells that cause the release of the insulin hormone were damaged. The free radicals presence and that of the insulin markers resistance were detected.