Study reveals intermittent fasting could increase heart attack risk by 91%

Published On: March 20, 2024 09:55 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 20: A study has found that intermittent fasting may increase the risk of heart attack by 91 percent.

The findings were discussed at a seminar initiated by the American Heart Association on March 18, highlighting concerns that restricting food intake to an eight-hour window each day could significantly elevate heart attack risks. This three-day conference aims to delve deeper into the subject.

The study involved nearly 20,000 adults who practiced intermittent fasting, consuming food within a 12 to 16-hour period and abstaining from eating for 8 hours within a 24-hour cycle. The findings suggest an increased risk of heart disease and cancer among these individuals.

Experts caution that the final results of the study have not yet been released, and therefore, definitive conclusions cannot be drawn at this time.

Senior Cardiologist Dr Om Murthy Anil described the study's findings as concerning. However, he emphasized that in the absence of the final study results, it is premature to draw any conclusions. Given the prevalent belief in the health benefits of fasting, Dr Anil advises against panic, noting that the American Heart Association's study will undergo further discussion and analysis.


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