New Study Shows Fasting can Help to Live Longer


Published Date : Mar 10, 2015

Researchers at the University of Florida after a three year study involving 24 participants that practiced fasting for one small meal during the afternoon and feasted on alternate days for a period of three weeks at a time have found some surprising evidence. They have found that this routine lead to a gene related to anti aging in human body cells to increase, which has in turn increased longetivity.

This study shows that intermittent fasting can help to decrease insulin levels for all the participants in the study, and so can help diabetic patients too.

This research shows that a new approach to diet and nutrition can be taken, but it still has not released in the midst of Lent. This serves as reminders that religious fasts have been a part of tradition around the world for thousands of years.

Many religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Jainism, and Taoism advocate one or other type of fasting. They advocate for fasting which lasts for a short period of few days to an entire month. 

According to one of the coauthor of this study, the part of the reason they performed the study was to figure out how fasting is thought to be beneficial in religious practices. He further stated that previous studies performed on monkeys and mice demonstrated that reducing calorie intake can benefit by improving health and life span by around 25 per cent. Fasting performed occasionally by skipping meals has become more popular since nobody wants to on a restricted diet for their entire life. Hence, fasting and feasting for short periods can help them gain similar benefits.