Fasting Challenges Today's Diseases
Many recent Western researches and studies have shown the importance of
intermittent fasting —which is similar to the principle of fasting of Muslims—
for health in general and its role in fighting chronic diseases and cancer
In spite of the limited number of studies and researches dealt with the
effects of the Ramadan fast, especially on the health of individuals from the
perspective of specialists, many Western studies praised the system of
intermittent fasting during which a person refrains from food and drink for
several hours, then followed by a period where eating freely is permitted.
In this context, "The American Journal of clinical nutrition" issued by the
American Society for Nutrition published a scientific article in which it
reviewed the results of experiments conducted on mammals and humans. It
revealed the role of intermittent fasting in reducing the risk of certain
chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
It was found that intermittent fasting helped in increasing the cells'
response to insulin, as it worked to stimulate the capture of cells to the
particles of insulin, which supports the results of previous studies confirmed
that this type of fasting increases the body's sensitivity to insulin, which
may contribute to reducing the risk of diabetes .
A study was published by the American Society of Animal Science indicated that
intermittent fasting increased the effectiveness of two "Alodebonesiin"
recipients which contributes to regulating the body consumption to glucose and
the metabolism of fatty acids in mammals, moreover it plays a role in
increasing tissue response to insulin, which regulates the construction and
demolition of glucose in the body.
In the same context, a study prepared by specialists in the field of nutrition
that was published by the British Journal of Nutrition, which targeted a group
of fasting people in Ramadan, revealed that changing the timing of meals and
reducing their number to two in Ramadan helped in increasing the body's
response to insulin at people who have risk factors of diabetes.
As for the heart, medical researches highlighted the link between intermittent
fasting and the prevention factors against cardiovascular diseases, where
studies revealed the role of intermittent fasting in increasing concentration
of HDL cholesterol at healthy people and reducing the level of triglycerides
that are associated with the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, which
was ascribed to the decrease of body mass and the retraction of fat amounts as
a result of the fast.
Researches confirmed the role
of intermittent fasting in increasing the body's resistance to cancerous
cells, highlighting the link between the system of fasting and the reduction
of some tumors, including tumors of the immune system known as lymphoma.
A study done by some researchers at the French University of Grenoble has
shown the role of intermittent fasting in the reduction of some lymph tumors
to zero, according to experiments conducted on mammals.
Other studies have shown that intermittent fasting increases the survival rate
among individuals who suffer from injuries in liver tissue, which has the
ability to turn into tumors in the future.
Fears of dementia
Benefits of fasting are not
limited to combat chronic diseases, but goes beyond that to slowing down the
advance of aging on brain cells, where scientific studies have shown the role
of intermittent fasting in delaying the aging of brain cells, and its
contribution to delay the emergence of Alzheimer's disease.
In this context, a study conducted by the National Center for Research on
Ageing in the United States of America revealed the potential impact of
intermittent fasting and some diets with low calorie on delaying aging of
Source: Source: Al Jazeera Net