Heart health: ‘Fasting can cut cholesterol, sugar levels’

“Around 40,000 children are born in Pakistan each year with cardiac diseases,” says Professor Zakaria.


APP July 28, 2013
Stable cardiac patients can also fast without damaging their health, says head of Punjab Institute of Cardiology. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE:


Those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels should fast, as it could help them reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the head of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology said on Sunday.


Professor Bilal Zakaria told APP that stable cardiac patients could also fast without damaging their health. However, he stressed that all patients must consult their doctors before doing so. He said that of the 1,000 patients who visited the Punjab Institute of Cardiology’s emergency ward every day, some 60 per cent had no heart problems. Most of them, he said, complained of chest pain. He said that to curb the unnecessary congestion at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, patients should first contact their nearest hospital, and should they need to, then be referred to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Professor Zakaria said the offspring of parents who were each other’s first cousins were more likely to have congenital heart defects.

“Around 40,000 children are born in Pakistan each year with cardiac diseases,” he said. Professor Zakaria said that men had a higher incidence of coronary heart disease, but women were not far behind. He urged the government to focus on preventive cardiology instead of tertiary health care.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.

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COMMENTS (2)

Roni | 7 years ago | Reply

In addition to eating small portions several times in a day it is imp that we eat the supper early in the evening. Most heart attacks happen late in the night and early morning hours and the last meal has a great significance. Most healthy people in the world eat their last meal not late in the night.

Roni | 7 years ago | Reply

Diabetes and heart diseases are due to over eating like we do in the month of Ramazan. The best way to avoid these diseases is to eat small amounts of healthy food but six times a day. In other words same or less total amount but in smaller portions. Being hungry for more than a few hours promotes diabetes and the liver produces cholesterol.

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