This fasting method linked to less severe COVID-19

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Scientists from Intermountain Medical Center found routine periodic fasting is associated with a lower risk for hospitalization or death in patients with COVID-19.

The research is published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health and was conducted by Benjamin D. Horne et al.

In the study, researchers evaluated associations between periodic fasting and COVID-19 severity, as well as initial infection by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The analysis included 205 people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 from March 2020 to February 2021 and 1,524 with any SARS-CoV-2 test result.

The researchers found that 35.6 percent of participants engaged in periodic fasting prior to the COVID-19 diagnosis.

The composite outcome (COVID-19 hospitalization or mortality) occurred in 11.0 percent of periodic fasters and 28.8 percent of non-fasters.

Predictors of hospitalization and mortality were age, Hispanic ethnicity, prior myocardial infarction, prior transient ischemic attack, and renal failure.

There was no strong association between fasting and COVID-19 diagnosis (14.3 percent in fasters and 13.0 percent in non-fasters).

The team says fasting may be a complementary therapy to vaccination that could provide immune support and hyperinflammation control during and beyond the pandemic.

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