Intermittent fasting: live ‘fast,’ live longer?

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The benefits of intermittent fasting included decreased blood pressure, blood lipid levels and resting heart rates. Valley News/Johns Hopkins Medicine photo
For many people, the New Year is a time to adopt new habits as a renewed commitment to personal health. Newly enthusiastic fitness buffs pack into gyms and grocery stores are filled with shoppers eager to try out new diets. But, does scientific evidence support the claims made for these diets? In a review article published in the Dec. 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine neuroscientist Mark Mattson, Ph.D., concluded that intermittent fasting does. Mattson, who has studied the health impact of intermittent fasting for 25 years and adopted the practice personally about 20 years ago, said that “intermittent fasting could be part of a healthy lifestyle.” A professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Mattson said h
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