Fasting has long been associated with religious rituals, diets, and political protests.
Researchers gain new evidence to prove that intermittent fasting is a key for longer and healthier life. A routine periodic fasting is not only good for your health, but it may also increase your lifespan.
Giving strength to the earlier findings, a recent study by the researchers at Harward Medical School, has demonstrated that Intermittent fasting may not only beneficial for the heart, it may actually help people to live longer and stronger.
The study showed that fasting in mice extends lifespan and inhibits age-related diseases.
“We found that intermittent fasting caused a slight increase in SIRT3, a well-known gene that promotes longevity and is involved in protective cell responses,” said Michael Guo, a co-author at Harvard Medical School.
The SIRT3 gene encodes a protein, also known as SIRT3, which is part of a category of proteins known as sirtuins. If the amount if sirtuins are increased in mice, it can extend their lifespan.
“The hypothesis is that if the body is intermittently exposed to low levels of oxidative stress, it can build a better response to it.”
Intermittent fasting also lowered insulin levels in the participants, which means that this type of fasting could help diabetics as well.
Earlier in 2011, research cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute had discovered that fasting lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, and also cause significant changes in a person’s blood cholesterol and sugar levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known risk factors for coronary heart disease.
While the results were surprising to researchers, they commented it’s not time to start a fasting diet yet to gain a longer life. It will take more studies like these to fully determine the body’s reaction to fasting and its effect on human health.
Time is not far away when fasting will be used as a practice for preventing diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Scientists say that Religious Fasting was a Key to Longer Life
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