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Harvard study shows the surprising impact of intermittent fasting on the aging process

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Countless research studies have shown the benefits of intermittent fasting, and now Harvard scientists have closely examined its impact on the aging process. Intermittent fasting refers to an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. The most common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. The Harvard study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism and reveals that intermittent fasting slows down the aging process.

The research study examined the basic biology involved in our cells’ declining ability to process energy over time, which is what causes aging and age-related disease, and how embracing periods of fasting promotes healthy aging.

“Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology,” said William Mair, associate professor of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study.

Intermittent fasting has numerous benefits in addition to slowing down the aging process, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.

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Article originally posted at ideapod.com

Post Author: Jeff Farrell

5 thoughts on “Harvard study shows the surprising impact of intermittent fasting on the aging process

    Hank W. Reed

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:45 pm)

    This is a big blow to the “STAaaaarVaachUn MOdE” crowd. Science>Pseudoscience

    Vlade Montenegro

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:46 pm)

    Seems to me there needs to be a LOT more research done on this to draw any conclusions.

    Arren Brandt

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:46 pm)

    Study done in C Elegans. Those worms and even mice starve to death after 2-4 days without food. Humans can live 25-50 days with no food. 12 hours fasting in mice might = 120 hours in humans to get same result.

    Keith Gaddis

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:46 pm)

    Ok thanks

    Carmen Horta Villegas

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:46 pm)

    Carmen Portillo

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