Intermittent fasting - for good health and prolonged life expectancy

Intermittent fasting - for good health and prolonged life expectancy



Gained a lot of weight this Christmas season? And still gonna add more kilos after the New Year celebration? How to shed those extra weight?

Intermittent fasting could be the best answer to this dilemma or to just any weight issue question.


According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that intermittent fasting can reduce blood pressure, aid weight loss and improve longevity, based on a meta-analysis of studies conducted in humans and mice over the past few decades.

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The American researchers have reviewed several human and animal studies to determine intermittent fasting’s effect on weight loss, life expectancy and other health indicators.


The study’s co-author Mark Mattson, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the United States, intermittent fasting diets generally fall into two categories. The first is a time-restricted diet, which narrow eating times to six to eight hours per day, followed by 16- to 18-hour fasts. The second method consists of fasting on two consecutive days and eating normally for the rest of the week.

The studies chief finding of the meta-analysis: studies repeatedly show that intermittent fasting helps people lose weight, lower their blood pressure and extend their life expectancy. A potentially effective method for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Conclusions about the effectiveness of the intermittent fasting varies depending on the diet, but according to the study some animal and human studies have linked the practice to longer life expectancy, improved cardiovascular health and better cognitive abilities.


Through intermittent fasting a small sample as a result three of the patients with type 2 diabetes stopped taking insulin after losing after weight in 2018,in 2009 found in older adults who are in an calorie-restricted diet had better verbal memory when compared to the other two groups who did not fast.


Authors have cautioned the public about the study, that clinical studies have largely focused on overweight, young and middle-aged adults, and the results cannot be generalized to other groups.
And that a lot of research is still needed before the benefit/risk balance of this type of diet can be affirmed with certainty.











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