A increased risk of cardiovascular death has been associated with intermittent fasting, according to study.

Intermittent fasting (IF) has gained popularity in recent years as a dietary approach for weight loss and health benefits. However, like any dietary regimen, its effects on health can vary, and new research suggests a potential link between intermittent fasting and a higher risk of cardiovascular death.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in 2020 examined the association between intermittent fasting and cardiovascular health outcomes.  

The study analyzed data from a large cohort of participants enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2005 to 2010. Participants were asked about their dietary habits, including whether they engaged in intermittent fasting. 

The findings of the study suggested that individuals who reported practicing intermittent fasting had a higher risk of cardiovascular death compared to those who did not practice intermittent fasting. 

Specifically, participants who reported practicing intermittent fasting were found to have a 13% higher risk of cardiovascular death over a median follow-up period of almost 7 years, after adjusting for various factors such as age, sex, body mass index, and other dietary and lifestyle factors. 

It's important to note that this study found an association between intermittent fasting and cardiovascular death but does not prove causation. Further research is needed to better understand the potential mechanisms underlying this association and to confirm these findings.

Additionally, it's essential to consider individual factors and consult with healthcare professionals before starting any new dietary regimen, including intermittent fasting. While intermittent fasting may have potential benefits for some individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with certain medical conditions or specific dietary needs.

Intermittent fasting's impact on cardiovascular health and general well-being need further study. Intermittent fasting should be approached cautiously and with medical advice to ensure it meets health goals and needs.

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