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December 1, 1916

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Joslin compiles 1,000 of his diabetes cases and concludes in the first English textbook 'The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus' that fasting, low carb dieting, and exercise are key to improving health.





The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus

Elliott P. Joslin


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On Dec. 1916, Boston pathologist Elliott Joslin compiles 1,000 of his own cases and creates the textbook The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. In it he reports that ‘the mortality of patients was approximately 20 per cent lower than for the previous year’, due to ‘the introduction of fasting and the emphasis on regular exercise.’ This book and Joslin’s subsequent research over the next five decades establishes his reputation as one of the world’s leading expert in diabetes.

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Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not specify which foods to eat or avoid but rather focuses on when to eat them. The most common intermittent fasting methods involve daily fasting periods of 16 hours or longer.
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Exercise is any physical activity that is performed to improve or maintain physical fitness and overall health. It involves the movement of the body, which can be structured and planned, such as in sports or workouts, or it can be more spontaneous and unstructured, like taking a walk or dancing. Effect of diet on exercise.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
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