Researchers studied the effect of consistent periodic fasting on severe COVID illness and found it reduced the risk of hospitalization and mortality but not the risk of contracting the illness.
The study confirmed past research that intermittent fasting and time-restricted eating, which are two different types of eating patterns, reduces the risk of severe COVID and promotes weight loss.
Obesity is an independent risk factor for COVID-19 and a contributing factor to other comorbidities that are associated with severe disease; even mild obesity can influence disease severity.
… In addition to the health benefits from time-restricted eating, researchers have also identified beneficial physiological changes from periodic fasting, including:
- Normalizing insulin and leptin sensitivity
- Promoting human growth hormone (HGH) production
- Lowering triglyceride levels
- Reducing oxidative stress