Profile: Douglas Bennion

MD-PhD student & Pre-doctoral Fellow

I am an MD-PhD Candidate studying biomedical science and medicine. I have studied the health benefits of fasting, the mechanisms of learning and memory in the brain, and neuroprotective treatment approaches for ischemic stroke.

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Feast then Famine: How Fasting Affects Stress

Intermittent fasting (also called alternate day fasting) has become a popular diet. In most versions of intermittent fasting, people fast or eat very little a few days each week and then eat normal amounts during the remaining days. Fasting is something that human beings have practiced throughout history, often out of circumstance rather than choice. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were probably expert fasters, indulging in feasts in times of plenty, and then facing long periods of scarcity in between. With this in mind, it makes sense that our bodies' cells could perform well under the harsh conditions of feast and famine.

Category: Health

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