The Influence of Ramadan Fasting on Plasma Lipids and Body Weight in Normal Men

Abdullah A. Al-Othman


This investigation was designed to study the influence of Ramadan fasting on body weight and plasma lipid concentrations in young healthy Saudi Arabian men. The experimental subjects were 33 male college students, ages 18-22. Body weight and plasma lipid were measured on days 1 (baseline), 8, and 14 of Ramadan. Fasting in Ramadan reduced the mean body weight and plasma cholesterol level slightly, but the reductions were not significant. Plasma triglyceride had increased significantly by day 14 of Ramadan. The elevation in the concentration of plasma tdglyceride was explained by the massive amount of sucrose intake. The present data contribute useful information regarding the control of body weight, plasma cholesterol, and triglyceride during fasting in the month of Ramadan.


Fasting; Ramadan; Internal Medicine; Plasma Lipids; Body weight

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