Heart problems could be stemmed by regular fasting, doctors discover

6th April 2011

Research presented in America this week has shown that regular fasting sessions could be beneficial in improving heart health and avoiding heart problems.

A study conducted by doctors at Intermountain Medical Centre discovered that fasting causes many metabolic changes which impact on factors related to heart problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol levels.

The reason behind this is that going without food lets the body use up fat cells instead of glucose.

The study followed on from a 2007 investigation completed by the same team, which found that fasting may reduce coronary heart disease.

Principal investigator Dr Benjamin Horne said: "These new findings demonstrate that our original discovery was not a chance event, The confirmation among a new set of patients that fasting is associated with lower risk of these common diseases raises new questions about how fasting itself reduces risk or if it simply indicates a healthy lifestyle."

Two hundred patients and healthy volunteers were tested in the study.

CBS 42 reported in response to this story that some Muslims say that they feel healthier when they fast.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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