publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

the impact of religious fasting on human health

Bloomer Richard J; Trepanowski John F;
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  • Published: 22 Nov 2010 Journal: Nutrition Journal, volume 9 (eissn: 1475-2891, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
<p>Abstract</p> <p>The past two decades have seen a rise in the number of investigations examining the health-related effects of religiously motivated fasts. Islamic Ramadan is a 28 - 30 day fast in which food and drink are prohibited during the daylight hours. The majority of health-specific findings related to Ramadan fasting are mixed. The likely causes for these heterogeneous findings are the differences between studies in the following: 1) the amount of daily fasting time; 2) the percentage of subjects who smoke, take oral medications, and/or receive intravenous fluids; and 3) the subjects' typical food choices and eating habits. Greek Orthodox Christians f...
Subjects
free text keywords: Nutrition and Dietetics, Medicine (miscellaneous), Food choice, Blood pressure, Body mass index, Clinical nutrition, Diabetes mellitus, medicine.disease, medicine, Blood lipids, Endocrinology, medicine.medical_specialty, Demography, Biochemistry, Insulin, medicine.medical_treatment, Internal medicine, Human health, business.industry, business, Review, Nutrition. Foods and food supply, TX341-641, Nutritional diseases. Deficiency diseases, RC620-627
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