Fasting and Fasting Mimicking Diet shown effective for treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Studies in animals reveal that prolonged fasting and a fasting-mimicking diet result in decreased organ size. Upon refeeding, however, the organs return to their normal size. This shrinking and re-expanding effect does not occur with caloric restriction or shorter duration fasts. During shorter fasts, the body does not break down cellular components because digestion is still ongoing and glycogen (a storage form of carbohydrate) is still available. The characteristic cycle of targeted destruction and renewal has been shown in multiple sclerosis patients and animal models to temporarily reduce total white blood cell levels. In this clip, Dr. Longo discusses his work that indicates that the fasting-mimicking diet holds promise for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis.
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