Before you start thinking of fasting as a miracle cure, Jain notes that it’s important to keep in mind that most relevant studies have been done on animals and have not been able to be replicated consistently in people. That being said, there is some limited evidence that certain types of fasting may have a positive effect. Many types of fasting have been studied, from completely refraining from food for prolonged periods of time to only eating a certain number of calories per day or restricting food intake to a certain number of hours per day.
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.