Finally! What empirical data was showing us was that intermittent fasting was showing a great propensity to save lean tissue while losing fat.
Turns out, research coming out of the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute showed a HUGE increase in human growth hormone in men and women. 2000% for men and 1300% for women.
The discovery expands upon a 2007 Intermountain Healthcare study that revealed an association between fasting and reduced risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death among men and women in America. In the new research, fasting was also found to reduce other cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levels.
The findings were presented on April 3, at the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans.
If anyone remembers awhile back through my research on fasting and it's medicinal uses I said I thought it would be a good idea to throw in 24 hour fasts here and there. I remember Future saying it was a horrible idea lol, but now my assumptions are actually being recommended by a host of scientists.
Parameters of the study were:
"In this most recent trial, researchers conducted two fasting studies of over 200 individuals -- both patients and healthy volunteers -- who were recruited at Intermountain Medical Center. A second 2011 clinical trial followed another 30 patients who drank only water and ate nothing else for 24 hours. They were also monitored while eating a normal diet during an additional 24-hour period. Blood tests and physical measurements were taken from all to evaluate cardiac risk factors, markers of metabolic risk, and other general health parameters."
View the whole article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110403090259.htm
By the way, the one researched noted that it may be something prescribed for type II diabetes. Truth is, fasting has been prescribed for probably thousands of years for a host of things. Itss just not a popular prescription with so many pills to push,and probably never will be.
ntermountain Medical Center (2011, April 3). Routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart, study suggests. ScienceDaily