Mormons have less heart disease — something doctors have long chalked up to their religion's ban on smoking. New research suggests that another of their "clean living" habits also may be helping their hearts: fasting for one day each month.
A study in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is based, found that people who skipped meals once a month were about 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with clogged arteries than those who did not regularly fast.
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Though more than 90% of the people studied were Mormons, the findings held true even in those who had a different religious preference, says Benjamin D. Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
Yes friends, even you can benefit. Step right up and choose your day to go hungry. I'm thinking the fasting day needs to be a day where there's a whole lot of constant distraction so you don't have to spend the day thinking how hungry you are. Maybe we need fasting amusement parks where you spend all day riding roller coasters.
The research was conducted at LDS Hospital using the Intermountain Heart Collaborative Study registry, made up of patients who had heart angiography between 1994 and 2002. The researchers focused on patients who are LDS to see if other church-dictated practices besides not smoking had an impact, said Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology, now at the new Intermountain Medical Center. He's also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.
Researchers looked at data from more than 4,600 people, average age 64, who had come through the cardiac cath lab, to see the degree of risk for someone who was LDS compared to others. They focused on those with obvious coronary artery disease (CAD), defined as 70 percent narrowing or blockage in at least one artery, and those who had little or no CAD (less than 10 percent narrowing). They found that while 66 percent of others had CAD, only 61 percent of LDS members did.
I am going to found a church which preaches a high vegetable, high fruit, and low glycemic index diet. Maybe call it the SENS Church for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Church. I need to find a barrel to look into to receive divine messages. What are my prospects for success?
SENS believers, you've got to suffer hunger pangs once a month to survive until the redemption of rejuvenation therapies. Once we receive the rejuvenation therapies we will enter the promised land of no harm daily Roman style feasts.
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