Possible health benefits to fasting


(ABC) — For millions around the globe, the fasting month of Ramadan has begun, and there’s new evidence that occasional fasting might just be good for you.

Fasting, traditionally associated with religion, more recently linked to those who believe it will help them lose weight, live healthier and maybe even longer. These possible effects of controlled fasting have some researchers interested.

A small, new study suggests that carefully controlled episodes of calorie cutting just might have health benefits. The study looked at 19 adults who for five days a month, cut back their calories by half, or even two-thirds. The researchers meticulously planned the nutritional balance of what these subjects ate to ensure they did not become malnourished.

After three months, blood tests of those who intermittently fasted revealed some interesting signs, possible indicators of a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

This study is very preliminary. It didn’t last long enough to see yow these occasional fasters fared in the long run, but it does provide some tantalizing clues as to how periodically cutting back might have benefits going forward.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s