Scientists confirm that fasting Improves Health
Hadith mention that Fasting Improves Health
The Noble Prophet(Peace be upon him)has said,’ Fast; you will get healthy.’
►(Ad-Dur-rul-Manšur, pp. 440, vol. 1)
Sayyiduna ‘Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Allah sent a revelation to one of the Prophets of Bani Israil commanding him to inform his Ummah that if anyone fasts a day for My pleasure, I will grant him good health and reward him greatly.’
►(Shu’ab-ul-Iman, pp. 412,vol. 3, Hadith #3923)
In this article,we look at modern day scientific studies which have shown that fasting reduces heart and diabetes risk,improves good cholesterol levels and brings down bad cholesterol levels,It can help protect against brain diseases and is also proven to weaken cancer.
Fasting reduces Bad Cholesterol and increases good cholesterol
At the same meeting, the team looked at blood markers for heart risks among people who had not previously fasted over 12 hours. The blood markers were checked when they fasted and during a normal eating day. The fast was a water-only fast, and participants were allowed to take any necessary medication.
The participants’ "good" cholesterol rose during the fast. Their “bad”cholesterol levels and their total cholesterol levels also increased, which is not considered favorable.
During the fast, participants also saw reductions in levels of dangerous blood fats called triglycerides and blood sugar or glucose levels.“Your body goes into self-protection mode to preserve the integrity of cells and tissue until food starts coming in again, so it uses fats instead of glucose for fuel,” Horne says.The increase in total cholesterol may just be transient.
“It appears that the total cholesterol has gone up because the liver is not processing as much cholesterol and instead it is being dumped into the bloodstream to be used as fuel,” he says.
Positive effect on Lipid Profile Results
Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan affects cholesterol levels positively while leading to changes in the body that may also impact health, according to a new study presented recently.A new medical study undertaken in the UAE by a team of cardiologists led by the chief interventional cardiologist at American Hospital Dubai, working with volunteers has shed new light on the subject by examining changes to cholesterol levels (a key indicator and risk factor for heart disease) during Ramadan. The findings of the study were presented at the recent World Cardiology Conference hosted in Dubai.
Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure (BP) and lipid profile (blood test to measure cholesterol) were all measured two weeks before Ramadan. The same measurements were then repeated a second time during the fourth week of Ramadan, and then a third set of measurements were taken three weeks after the end of Ramadan. There are two forms of cholesterol — LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) and HDL (‘good’ cholesterol). The LDL can build up on the walls of the arteries and increase the chance of getting heart disease. The lower the LDL cholesterol number, the lower the risk.
UAE study to examine the effects of Ramadan fasting on lipid profile provides the evidence that the change in habits and eating patterns during the Holy Month have a positive effect on cholesterol despite an increase in Body Mass Index amongst the sample.The study concluded that for the UAE group, during the fasting month of Ramadan, the average LDL decreased and the average HDL increased, resulting in a significant improvement of the HDL/LDL ratio in spite of the increased BMI.
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