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How lifestyle changes could help with your high blood sugar

July 15, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It is called prediabetes, and it’s a diagnosis where a person is heading on the path to diabetes with an elevation of the fasting blood sugar.

It is an important diagnosis to make because a person can make lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise that can help with the blood sugar.

Now, there is news that a very strange lifestyle modification might help.

According to new research from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, intermittent fasting might help reduce the blood sugar.

The idea is that a person only eats two meals in an eight hour period once per week, and then does not eat in the remaining sixteen hours.

The study has been performed in mice and not in people, so this is definitely something we can't recommend at this time. However, the concept is a good one — cutting down calories, which can have an impact on blood sugar.