The Zoomer Report: Fasting and Heart Health

Do you ever fast? A study out of Utah says it may be good for your heart.

The researchers interviewed 200 patients who were undergoing angiograms, and they were asked if they engaged in regular fasting. Most of the patients were Mormons, a faith that encourages its members to fast for one day a month.

The researchers found that people who fasted regularly had a 58 per cent lower risk of coronary disease compared with those who didn’t.

It’s possible that fasting may not have a direct effect but might just be more common among people who are healthier to begin with. Devout Mormons, for instance, abstain from alcohol, smoking and caffeine.

But the researchers say the findings are important because they affirm the results of an earlier, larger study published in 2008 that found a similar association between fasting and heart disease.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report

Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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