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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 209-211
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2007.209.211
Metabolic, Biochemical and Psychiatric Alterations in Healthy Subjects During Ramadan
Yavuz Furuncuoglu , Ender Karaca , Sukru Aras and Arif Yonem

Abstract:
The Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and Muslims fast during this month. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the Ramadan fasting on body mass index, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, renal and hepatic function, as well as psychiatric performances. Thirty nine healthy volunteers (32 women and 7 men) underwent anthropometric, biochemical, hematological and psychiatric evaluation one week before and on the last day of the Ramadan. Biochemical markers were measured by standard laboratory methods. Psychiatric evaluation was done by Spiel Berger`s anxiety trait and state scales. Although the body mass index remained stable, fasting blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol levels decreased significantly in the study group. HDL cholesterol levels did not change during the study. Plasma concentration of hemoglobin and proteins decreased. Blood lymphocyte count was also found to have increased during the study. No significant change was observed between the two consequent psychiatric evaluations. Ramadan fasting causes no detrimental effect on health in healthy subjects, on the contrary, it may cause some improvements, particularly on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Thus, even in the absence of weight loss, this may contribute to prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
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Yavuz Furuncuoglu , Ender Karaca , Sukru Aras and Arif Yonem , 2007. Metabolic, Biochemical and Psychiatric Alterations in Healthy Subjects During Ramadan . Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 6: 209-211.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2007.209.211

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2007.209.211

 
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