Can I fast?

Are you worried your health diagnosis will keep you from fasting? Check this list to see if you are in the clear to try fasting!

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Research

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Fasting reduces high blood pressure to normal levels without falling into low blood pressure range, indicating a floor effect. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0209353

Neurological Disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's)

Fasting promotes neuron signaling in the brain as well as cell growth and cell recycling through autophagy, increasing brain health and resiliency. doi:10.1038/nrn.2017.156

Gastrointestinal Diseases (e.g. Colitis, Crohn's Disease)

Fasting has been shown to increase and positively alter the gut microbiota for intestinal health. doi:10.3233/NHA-200098

Kidney Disease

Stable kidney disease (up to Stage 3) patients can fast with close monitoring of renal function and electrolytes. doi:10.1093/ckj/sfab032

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Fasting reduces the amount of fat in the liver and matches with the number of days fasted, how much weight lost, and BMI reduction. doi:10.1002/oby.22964

Inflammatory Diseases (e.g. Lupus, Vasculitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Fasting improves chronic inflammatory diseases without compromising immune response. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2019.07.050.

Autoimmune Disorders

Fasting and eating cycles are both an effective and doable lifestyle change with the potential for long-term and wide use in autoimmune treatments. doi:10.1016/j.mce.2017.01.042.

Cancer

Fasting reinforces stress resistance of healthy cells, while tumor cells become even more sensitive to toxins. doi:10.1186/s13046-019-1189-9

Diabetes, Type 1 and 2

Intermittent fasting can be encouraged and safely implemented among people with diabetes by regulating blood glucose levels. doi:10.3390/nu11040873

Heart Disease

Intermittent Fasting plays a central role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease by improving heart disease risk factors. doi:10.1007/s11892-020-01362-4