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Journal of Medical Sciences
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 112 - 116

Body Weight and Some Biochemical Changes Associated with Ramadan Fasting in Healthy Saudi Men

Khalid Al-Numair    

Abstract: Body weight, total daily energy intake as well as biochemical parameters of serum glucose, total cholesterol, high and low density lipoprotein cholesterol, total protein and uric acid were measured in a group of 45 volunteers of Saudi Arabian healthy Muslim men at pre and at end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Body weight, total daily energy intake and the qualitative compounds of nutrients were significantly decreased (p<0.05) at the end of Ramadan. There was a significant decrease (p<0.05) in the levels of serum glucose, serum total protein and serum triglyceride. In contrast, there was a significant increase (p<0.05) serum in uric acid. There were no significant changes in the levels of serum total cholesterol and high and low density of lipoprotein cholesterol. It was concluded that Ramadan fasting could induce weight loss through restriction diet and energy intake with consequent little changes in biochemical parameters. These changes were within normal reference range of pre Ramadan values and appear to be reversible.

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