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Intermittent fasting could lead to increased heart disease mortality

More studies needed, perhaps time-restricted eating provides short-term gain but long-term pain


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A study from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China looked into the link between time-restricted eating (eating only within an 8-hour window) and the risk of death from heart disease.

The investigation involved approximately 20,000 adults in the US who provided their dietary habits as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Researchers compared participants' self-reported eating patterns to death records over an average follow-up period of eight years.

People who restricted eating to an 8-hour window showed a 91% increased risk of death from heart disease compared to those who ate over a 12 to 16-hour period.

The study is observational and can't definitively prove that time-restricted eating directly causes heart problems; more research is needed.

Rather than focusing solely on the timing of meals, experts recommend prioritising a healthy, balanced diet for reducing the risk of heart disease.

The study was presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) conference. 

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American Heart Association

Non-profit US organization that funds cardiovascular medical research

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Public research university in Shanghai

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Intermittent Fasting (IF), Heart Disease
Intermittent fasting could lead to increased heart disease mortality