A Preliminary Report on Effects of Islamic Fasting on Lipoproteins and Immunity
The effect of lslamic Fasting on lipoproteins and immunity was evaluated in 10 subjects. There was a significant improvement in cell-mediated immune responses as indicated by an increase of helper inducer T-Cell count, helper cell/suppressor cells ratio, cell functional index, total system function index, and Pokeweed MIT index. Of the immunoglobulins, the IGE showed a moderate increase. The lipoprotein changes were in the form of increased cholesterol without any increase of HDL, a pattern which has a stimulating effect on the immune responses. In conclusion, we feel that these preliminary results indicate a favorable effect of Islamic fasting on immunity. Further studies are needed.
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