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International Journal of Health Sciences
Role of Intermittent Fasting on Improving Health and Reducing Diseases
Salah Mesalhy Aly, Ph.D.
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Nutritional status is the major contributors to self-sufficiency, disease recovery and quality of life. Obesity may result from overfeeding, dietetic errors or other multiple genetic, metabolic and behavioral abnormalities, it induce both insulin resistance and pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and therefore consider as the cornerstone of type 2 diabetes. (1)
Intermittent fasting, in which individuals fast on consecutive or alternate days, has been reported to facilitate weight loss preventing the progression of type 2 diabetes (2) and consequently improve cardiovascular risk. (3)
Moreover, Extensive evidence suggests that imposing fasting periods upon experimental laboratory animals increases longevity, improves health and reduces disease, including such diverse morbidities with cancer (4) neurological disorders (5) and disorders of circadian rhythm. (6)
Fasting has been used in religion for centuries. The Daniel fast is a biblical partial fast that is typically undertaken for 3 weeks, and during Ramadan (9th month of Muslim calendar), all Muslims across the world fast during daylight hours of this month where this consider as one of the five main pillars of Islam.
Such periods of fasting can limit inflammation, (7) attenuates pro-inflammatory cytokines and immune cells, (8) improve circulating glucose (9) and lipid levels (10) and reduce blood pressure. (11) In addition to that, studies undertaken in animals and humans have suggested that fuel selection is altered and efficiency of metabolism is improved while oxidative stress is reduced.
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