Study Shows Intermittent Fasting Increases Lifespan of Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterisation.
Washington D.C., November 24: In case are fasting intermittently or taking long food breaks, then here’s the news for you. A new study presented in the 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia has found the fantastic health outcomes of intermittent fasting for cardiac catheterisation patients. The study demonstrated that individuals who practised intermittent fasting lived longer than those who did not.
In addition, they are less likely to be diagnosed with heart failure. Cardiac catheterisation is a procedure used to diagnose and cure specific cardiovascular conditions. “It is just another illustration of how we are finding that regular fasting can result in better health outcomes and longer lives,” said the study’s chief investigator Benjamin Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology in the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute.
Researchers asked 2,001 intermountain patients experiencing cardiac catheterization from 2013 to 2015 a series of lifestyle questions, including whether or not they practised routine intermittent fasting.They subsequently followed up with those patients 4.5 years afterwards and found that routine intermittent fasters had a higher survival rate than those who did not.
Because people who quickly routinely are also known to engage in other healthy behaviours, the research also evaluated other parameters such as demographics, socioeconomic factors, cardiac risk factors, comorbid diagnoses, medications and therapies, and other lifestyle behaviors like smoking and alcohol consumption. Correcting statistically for all these factors, long-term regular fasting remained a strong predictor of better survival and reduced risk of heart failure, according to investigators.
While the analysis doesn’t show that fasting is the causal influence for better survival, these real-world outcomes in a massive population do indicate that fasting may be having an influence and advocate continued study of their behaviour. “While many quick weight loss fasting diets exist today, the different purposes of fasting in these diets and in this study shouldn’t be confused with the act of fasting,” said Dr Horne. “All proposed biological mechanisms of health benefits from fasting arise from effects that occur throughout the fasting period or are effects of fasting,” he added.
“With the lower heart failure risk we discovered, that is consistent with preceding mechanistic studies, this study suggests that routine fasting in a very low frequency above two-thirds of the lifespan is activating the exact same biological mechanisms that fasting diets are proposed to quickly activate,” Dr Horne noted. Researchers speculate that fasting regularly over a period of years and even decades conditions the body to activate the mechanics of fasting after a shorter period of time than usual.