It’s not just the men who have it tough when it comes to their health, and it’s not an exclusive issue for them either.
A new study has found that even those who’ve stopped eating for years have a harder time keeping up with their daily calorie intake, leading to higher body weight and an increased risk of heart disease.
The study found that women are more likely than men to struggle with maintaining an adequate daily calorie level and that women who had high cholesterol levels were more likely to have trouble losing weight.
“Fasting is associated with a number of health issues including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity,” said lead researcher Dr Nirmala Narang, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Auckland.
“It’s also associated with increased rates of cardiovascular disease and type 2 disease.”
Dr Narang said the researchers found that people who regularly fast are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 DM than those who don’t.
“That is a very important finding because it means that for people who are not able to fast and are not losing weight, the benefits of fasting may not be fully realized,” she said.
“We know that in people who don�t have diabetes or cardiovascular disease or have high cholesterol, the type 2 risk is reduced.”
Fasting causes weight loss and other health problemsThe study was conducted in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
Dr Narang and her colleagues looked at more than 14,000 participants in the study.
The researchers tracked people for a year to see how they were coping with their weight loss, with the help of a diary.
Dr Narangs team found that participants who regularly ate fewer calories were more than half as likely as those who were regularly eating more to lose weight, and almost two-thirds as likely if they were doing the same thing as someone who was not fasting.
They also found that fasting was associated with the following health problems:Fasting was also associated to increased risk for type 2DM.
“The risk for cardiovascular disease was higher among people who were fasting than those of those who weren�t,” Dr Narangs research said.
The researchers said people who did not eat enough to lose a significant amount of weight were also more likely.
The group who were most likely to be overweight were also most likely (90 per cent) to have other health conditions.
The results from this study were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
The New Zealand study looked at the data for almost 9,000 people aged between 25 and 65 who had previously had a history of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Participants were also asked to report their average daily calorie consumption, as well as the amount of fat they consumed.
Participant data was collected over a six-year period and the researchers analysed data from the Australian and New Zealand Diabetes Study.
“A good portion of this study was carried out at a high level of statistical power,” Dr Naurang said.
“We also used multiple regression models to determine whether the association between fasting and health outcomes was specific to men or women, or whether the findings were universal.”
Dr Naurangs team did not find an association between regular fasting and obesity.
“There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s health and well-being, but this is a particularly important one for people living with diabetes or those with high cholesterol,” Dr Nuang said in a statement.
“These are important health problems that people with diabetes should be encouraged to live healthy lifestyles.”
Dr Dr Narangu said the study showed that regular fasting was a health problem for all.
“This is important because, as we know from other studies, a person’s risk of developing type 2D DM increases if they are overweight or obese.”
Dr Nuang added that fasting is associated to an increased rate of diabetes and heart disease in people.
“People who are overweight have a higher risk of diabetes because their bodies can’t absorb glucose as well,” she added.
“So they are also more prone to heart disease.”
Read more about diabetes, diabetes prevention, diabetes treatments and lifestyle Dr Naranang said people with higher body weights were more at risk of chronic diseases.
“If you are overweight, you’re more likely not only to have chronic diseases but also to have obesity.
If you are obese, you can have metabolic syndrome, which can lead to type 2 or even more serious diseases.”
Dr Naresh Dube, a health scientist at the Australian National University, said the results from the study suggest people should be looking out for those with higher waistlines as well.
“They’re more at increased risk because their bodyweight is so high, and they’re also more susceptible to having more chronic diseases,” Dr Dube said.
Dr Dube added that it was important to remember that most people are not obese, and that people should eat healthy and regular food.
“Many people will feel they’re too busy to