Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fasting Shown to Slash Heart Disease

People who fast once a month have a 40 percent reduced risk of clogged arteries according to a University of Utah Study (reported here by Wired).

One of two things could be going on here. On the one hand, it could be that fasting triggers some type of beneficial activity in the body. The other, people that fast could simply be more health conscious and take better care of themselves. Then again, it could be a combination of the two.

The Wired piece doesn’t really go into the physiological benefits of fasting.

However, it does mention that, “fasting may provide brief rests that resensitize [insulin-producing] cells and make them work better.” But I’m not sure what that has to do with clogged arteries.

We at Pound360 have been fascinated with fasting since NPR did a feature
on the benefits of a one-day fast last month (just in time for the holidays). It turns out fasting may be a good way to “retune” the body.

But don’t think of fasting as a way to lose weight. One expert told Wired, “fasting resets the metabolic rate,” thus triggering the body to store calories (as fat) when eating begins.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.