Does intermittent fasting cure all types of heart diseases?

by - April 20, 2019

Intermittent fasting, as already said a couple number of times, is a diet plan with wholesome benefits. Asides being a great way to lose weight, it helps with muscle gain, mental health, finances and so much more.

In this article, we will be exploring another angle of health benefits attached to intermittent fasting, as it concerns our heart.

The heart is a very vital part of the body. It is responsible for pumping blood to the other parts of the body where it is needed, so its importance cannot be overemphasized. That said, heart care automatically means caring for our lives because the moment our hearts stop beating, our lives end.

Research shows that fasting can help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, control diabetes and reduce weight. These four things are the major risks for heart disease so if they can be reduced, then the risk for heart disease is reduced too.

New research also shows that people who regularly participate in intermittent fasting are less likely to go to have strokes or develop heart disease.

Fasting results in better insulin sensitivity, and insulin resistance is strongly associated with heart disease.

Another possibility is that intermittent fasting increases autophagy in arteries. Older people have impaired autophagy, the cellular self-cleansing process that rids cells of junk and keeps them in a youthful state.

Age is the most significant risk factor for heart disease. It’s been shown that impaired autophagy causes reduced endothelial function (meaning that arteries become old and not as useful). People who have had a heart attack show lower levels of autophagy.

Therefore, if you boost your cellular self-cleansing through intermittent fasting, you end up with cleaner, younger, elastic, with unplugged arteries.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve ischemic cardiac injury, age-related cardiac hypertrophy, doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity and risk factors for coronary heart disease. Therefore, intermittent fasting may be considered as a potential intervention for certain forms of human heart disease.

But the answer as to whether intermittent fasting cures “all” heart diseases is yet unknown, as there is a limitation to the amount of research that has, thus far, been carried out to prove that. On the other hand, it is a very good preventive measure against a lot of these diseases.

One word of caution, though: Fasting can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. This can make the heart unstable and prone to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat). People with heart problems should take extra precautions while fasting, and consult their cardiologists, particularly in determining the proper timing and dosage of their medications, in order to avoid complications. People with heart problems are advised to eat in small portions, and to avoid fatty and salty foods, as well as large quantities of beverages (which could lead to shortness of breath). Smaller food portions trigger favorable hormonal and metabolic changes which will increase the production of good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol.

Big words aside, embarking on intermittent fasting to reduce the effects of, or cure heart disease, is definitely worth a try, but one has to consult their physician at every turn to know how best to do this and to avoid any sort of complication.

Stay healthy, stay safe!

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