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Your Healthy Family: Your heart health and intermittent fasting

Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 09:51:42-05

DENVER — As we continue through Heart Month one of the best ways to fight cardiovascular disease is with a healthy diet.

Right now there's a lot of hype around the heart health benefits of the popular diet trend intermittent fasting, that involves skipping meals or restricting the hours of the day when you can eat. There's new research that suggests intermittent fasting can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rate.

Dr. Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, says you can defeat the purpose of intermittent fasting if you're not careful.

"For the people that are willing and have the willpower that can do intermittent fasting, I'm all for it. But it's important also that when you do intermittent fasting to not gorge yourself in those four hours or eight hours or six hours, whatever it may be. Really plan your meals appropriately so that when it is time to eat, you're eating well."

Intermittent fasting might not be for everyone, including pregnant women and those with certain health conditions like diabetes and you should check with your doctor before starting any fasting plan.

STUDY: Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging, and Disease, The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 381, No. 26, December 2019