Water-only Fasting Literature
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Author(s): Gabel, K., Cares, K., Varady, K., Gadi, V., Tussing-Humphreys, L.
Publication: Adv Nutr
Publication Year: 2021

Almost 40% of the adult population in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Diet is a modifiable factor which is known to affect cancer risk and recurrence. Yet, little is known about how diet influences cancer treatment outcomes. Intermittent fasting, characterized by periods of abstaining from foods and beverages… Read More

Author(s): Berthelot, E., Etchecopar-Etchart, D., Thellier, D., Lancon, C., Boyer, L., Fond, G.
Publication: Nutrients
Publication Year: 2021

BACKGROUND: Fasting interventions have shown effectiveness in alleviating stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. However, no quantitative analysis has been carried out thus far. The objective was to determine the effectiveness of fasting interventions on stress, anxiety and depression and if these interventions were associated with increased or decreased fatigue/energy.… Read More

Author(s): Qian, J., Fang, Y., Yuan, N., Gao, X., Lv, Y., Zhao, C., Zhang, S., Li, Q., Li, L., Xu, L., Wei, W., Wang, J.
Publication: Aging Cell
Publication Year: 2021

Previous studies have shown that long-term light or moderate fasting such as intermittent fasting can improve health and prolong lifespan. However, in humans short-term intensive fasting, a complete water-only fasting has little been studied. Here, we used multi-omics tools to evaluate the impact of short-term intensive fasting on immune function by comparison of the CD45(+)… Read More

Author(s): Voss, M., Wenger, K. J., von Mettenheim, N., Bojunga, J., Vetter, M., Diehl, B., Franz, K., Gerlach, R., Ronellenfitsch, M. W., Harter, P. N., Hattingen, E., Steinbach, J. P., Rodel, C., Rieger, J.
Publication: Eur J Nutr
Publication Year: 2021

PURPOSE: The prospective, randomized ERGO2 trial investigated the effect of calorie-restricted ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting (KD-IF) on re-irradiation for recurrent brain tumors. The study did not meet its primary endpoint of improved progression-free survival in comparison to standard diet (SD). We here report the results of the quality of life/neurocognition and a detailed analysis… Read More

Author(s): Zychowska, M., Rola, R., Borkowska, A., Tomczyk, M., Kortas, J., Anczykowska, K., Pilis, K., Kowalski, K., Pilch, W., Antosiewicz, J.
Publication: Nutrients
Publication Year: 2021

BACKGROUND: Vitamin D plays pleiotropic roles in the body and hence, changes in its metabolism and distribution during starvation could play an important role in the adaptive response to famine. We aimed to identify the responses of some vitamin D metabolites to 8 d of fasting and exercise. METHODS: A repeated-measures design was implemented, in which 14 male volunteers fasted for 8 d and… Read More

Author(s): Clifton, K. K., Ma, C. X., Fontana, L., Peterson, L. L.
Publication: CA Cancer J Clin
Publication Year: 2021

Chronic caloric restriction (CR) has powerful anticarcinogenic actions in both preclinical and clinical studies but may be difficult to sustain. As an alternative to CR, there has been growing interest in intermittent fasting (IF) in both the scientific and lay community as a result of promising study results, mainly in experimental animal models. According to a survey by the International… Read More

Author(s): Voss, M., Wenger, K. J., von Mettenheim, N., Bojunga, J., Vetter, M., Diehl, B., Franz, K., Gerlach, R., Ronellenfitsch, M. W., Harter, P. N., Hattingen, E., Steinbach, J. P., Rodel, C., Rieger, J.
Publication: Eur J Nutr
Publication Year: 2021

PURPOSE: The prospective, randomized ERGO2 trial investigated the effect of calorie-restricted ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting (KD-IF) on re-irradiation for recurrent brain tumors. The study did not meet its primary endpoint of improved progression-free survival in comparison to standard diet (SD). We here report the results of the quality of life/neurocognition and a detailed analysis… Read More

Author(s): Wilson, R. L., Kang, D. W., Christopher, C. N., Crane, T. E., Dieli-Conwright, C. M.
Publication: Nutrients
Publication Year: 2021

Nutrition and exercise interventions are strongly recommended for most cancer patients; however, much debate exists about the best prescription. Combining fasting with exercise is relatively untouched within the oncology setting. Separately, fasting has demonstrated reductions in chemotherapy-related side effects and improved treatment tolerability and effectiveness. Emerging… Read More

Author(s): Benau, E. M., Makara, A., Orloff, N. C., Benner, E., Serpell, L., Timko, C. A.
Publication: Curr Nutr Rep
Publication Year: 2021

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review was to provide an update on the literature examining how voluntary, temporary abstention from eating impacts cognitive function. RECENT FINDINGS: We evaluated peer-reviewed articles published between August 2013 and January 2021 that assessed adults, included a measure of cognitive functioning with neutral stimuli, and compared individuals in a fasted… Read More

Author(s): Bredella, M. A., Fazeli, P. K., Bourassa, J., Rosen, C. J., Bouxsein, M. L., Klibanski, A., Miller, K. K.
Publication: Bone
Publication Year: 2021

BACKGROUND: States of chronic overnutrition and undernutrition are both associated with impaired bone health and increased fracture risk but there are no data on bone microarchitecture following short-term controlled nutritional challenges. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the impact of short-term high-caloric feeding and fasting on bone microarchitecture. We hypothesized… Read More