A Preliminary Report on Effects of Islamic Fasting on Lipoproteins and Immunity

  • Riyad Albibi Akbar Clinic, Panama City, Florida, United States of America
  • Ahmed Elkadi Akbar Clinic, Panama City, Florida, United States of America
Keywords: Islam, Fasting, Lipoproteins, Immunity

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/17-2_3-12761

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.

Author Biographies

Riyad Albibi, Akbar Clinic, Panama City, Florida, United States of America
M.D.
Ahmed Elkadi, Akbar Clinic, Panama City, Florida, United States of America
M.D.
Published
1985-07-01
Section
Original Articles