Intermittent fasting may lead to 91% heart attack risks

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

Intermittent fasting has been linked to a 91% increase in the risk of death from heart disease, with netizens experiencing ‘nightmares’. A stunning discovery from a study was presented at a medical conference. It revealed that limiting mealtimes to eight hours per day was associated with a 91% increased risk of heart disease.

What the research said

Researchers examined a sample of 20,000 adults who responded to dietary questionnaires for the years 2003–2018. According to the study, people who performed 16:8 intermittent fasting were 91% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who did not diet this way.

“Restricting daily eating time to a brief amount of time, such as 8 hours per day, has gained favor recently. It has emerged as a strategy to lose weight and improve heart health,” stated senior study author Victor Wenze Zhong, Ph.D. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.

However, the long-term health effects of time-constrained eating. “The risk of death from any cause or heart attack is unknown.” We discovered that participants who followed an 8-hour, time-restricted eating pattern were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.

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Netizens are in disbelief.

Internet users widely shared their opinions on the study, with some refusing to believe the statistics offered in it. “Eating inside an 8-hour window and fasting in 16 (intermittent fasting)? – 91% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. “People with cardiovascular disease have a 66% higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke,” one user remarked while sharing the story.

Another user who posted the story stated, “We say the best possible regime (intermittent fasting) may be harmful.” “This American Heart Organization study on intermittent fasting is going to give scares to many people,” a member of X stated. “The healthiest people I know eat one meal per day.”

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