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This 'healthy' habit increases risk of death from heart disease by 91%

This 'healthy' habit increases risk of death from heart disease by 91% Whicht habit increases the risk of death from heart disease (photo: Freepik)

A new study has shown that people who adhere to a specific diet regimen may significantly increase their risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, according to the data from Express.

Which diet regimen have doctors recognized as dangerous

Doctors have identified the 8-hour diet regimen as dangerous. The conclusions presented at the latest meeting of the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association showed that adherence to an 8-hour eating regimen increases the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases by 91%.

This concerns the popular eating pattern known as intermittent fasting. It involves eating within an 8-hour window and fasting for 16 hours.

According to the scientists' findings, this eating pattern is indeed dangerous.

"Limiting the daily eating time to a short period, such as 8 hours a day, has become popular in recent years as a way to lose weight and improve heart health," says senior study author Victor Wenze Zhong.

However, according to him, the long-term health consequences of intermittent fasting, including the risk of death from any cause or cardiovascular diseases, are unknown.

What the study revealed

As part of the study, experts analyzed information on the eating patterns of over 20,000 participants from the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003 to 2018.

They compared this with data on people who died in the USA from 2003 to December 2019, using the National Center for Health Statistics mortality index database.

In addition to a higher risk of death from cardiovascular diseases among those who ate within an 8-hour window, there were other findings.

Among people with cardiovascular diseases who ate during a 10-hour window, there was also a 6% higher risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

Time-restricted eating did not reduce the overall risk of death from any cause.

Eating within a 16-hour window was associated with a lower risk of cancer mortality among cancer patients.

Conclusions of the scientists

"The results of our study suggest a need for a more cautious, individualized approach to dietary recommendations. It should be ensured that they are suitable for an individual's health condition," adds the researcher.

At the same time, Zhong emphasizes that although the study found an association between 8-hour eating and mortality from cardiovascular diseases, this does not mean that this particular regimen leads to fatal consequences.

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