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Fasting, Insulin and Pain


Caloric restriction and intermittent fasting confer numerous health benefits including:
  • Extending the lifespan
  • Postponing the onset of age-related diseases
  • Delaying or preventing age-related brain function deficits
  • Increasing visual cortex plasticity, and improving cognitive functioning [13;25;41]
 While long-term maintenance of caloric restriction is challenging, intermittent fasting appears to provide a competitive alternative that is more realistic to implement [3]. Intermittent fasting regimens can produce benefits with fasting periods as brief as 16 –24 hours [18;19;27]. Preclinical and clinical studies have reported multiple adaptive changes following intermittent fasting [28]. 

From a cellular perspective, intermittent fasting promotes:

  • Improved cellular functioning by way of reducing inflammation and oxidative stress and increasing cellular metabolism [23].
  • Neurobiologically, intermittent fasting increases synaptic plasticity and can stimulate the production of new neurons from neuronal stem cells [28]. 
  • In the area of performance, improvements in sensory and motor functioning and learning and memory have been observed [23].
  •  Clinically, intermittent fasting can attenuate maladaptive age-related processes and diseases, including reductions in obesity, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis [23]. 
As such, intermittent fasting may not only enhance the effectiveness of pain treatment interventions at a functional and mechanistic level but may also confer some health-related benefits including promoting overall health and may contribute to a decrease in pain experience via a reduction in central and peripheral inflammation. 
Pro-Holistic Care approach to better insulin and less pain
  • Chiropractic care for pain management
  • Fitness education
  • Medically supervise Weight loss
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Lifestyle and wellness education
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