Regularly fasting or skipping meals may reduce risk of
heart disease, according to a study presented at a 2007 American Heart
The study led by Benjamin Horne of the University of Utah
in Salt Lake City and colleagues found only 61 percent of Mormons had heart
disease compared with 66 percent of non-Mormons.
Mormons practice their fasting once a month.
Although these believers also follow
practices like avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol; taking a weekly day of rest;
going to church, and donating time or money to charity, it may be fasting that
reduces the risk of heart disease.
The researchers found people who skipped meals once a
month were 40 percent less likely to have clogged arteries than those who
adhered closely to 3-meal-a-day dietary regimen.
For the study, the researchers surveyed 515 people and
found only fasting made a significant difference in heart risks: 59 percent of
regular meal skippers were diagnosed with heart disease compared to 67 percent
of the others.
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