Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin
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    Further research to achieve generalisability

    Although interesting, is a case study of three patients genuinely myth busting? Has further research been conducted in this area? My searches have only revealed aligned treatments which reduce the need for medication largely owing to weight loss (e.g. bariatric bands, ketogenic diet) but no generalisable data for fasting. I am concerned that fasting, like other rigorous dietary restrictions, is rarely sustainable and that as soon as the regime ends patients will quickly return to their previous clinical status. Furthermore, what do we know about the long-term side-effects of severely restricted dietary treatments, especially in comparison to long term medication? Signposting to other T2D fasting studies would be appreciated.

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    I am always happy to see treatments that avoid medicines.

    On the other hand, I am always sad to see that "cured" is not defined, and as a result it is not possible to claim a cure for diabetes - not even possible to know if a specific case, or a specific treatment, is moving closer to cured, or farther away from cured.

    When cured is defined, independent of treatment, we will be able to find cures. Unt...

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