Intermittent fasting has been getting a lot of press for its potential benefits which include weight loss, improved blood sugar levels, improved heart health, decreased hunger, and reduced inflammation. If you’re not familiar with the term, intermittent fasting is when one restricts the time he/she is eating, usually between 12-16 hours per day or even up to 24 hours per day.
A new study on the benefits of fasting and heart disease was released by researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. The study has not been published yet but was presented at the 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Session in Philadelphia on November 16, 2019.
The study showed an increased lifespan for patients undergoing catheterization (a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain cardiovascular conditions) patients who practiced intermittent fasting compared to those that don’t fast. Additionally, it showed those who fast intermittently had a decreased rate of a heart failure diagnosis. Findings showed that fasting affects the levels of hemoglobin, human growth hormone, and the red blood cell count in addition to decreasing sodium and bicarbonate levels, all of which benefit heart health.
Different forms of fasting have existed for centuries, and it is an inexpensive and easy way to try to improve your health. Always check with your doctor before fasting, especially if you have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes.