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Ramadan fasting - Effect on healthy Muslims

Masahiro Toda (Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine), Kanehisa Morimoto (Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine)
Cite this article:  Toda, M., & Morimoto, K. (2004). Ramadan fasting - Effect on healthy Muslims. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 32, 13-18.
Publication date: February 2004


The purpose of this review was to ascertain the effects on healthy Muslims of fasting during Ramadan. We found some changes such as weight loss, evidence of dehydration, increase in serum uric acid, and nonpharmacological improvement in lipid parameters. We also observed changes in daily lifestyles and mental-health status. Thus, observance of the Ramadan fasting has both positive and adverse effects on healthy individuals. The adverse effects, however, are unlikely to persist after Ramadan or to lead to other complications. Healthy individuals can observe Ramadan without anxiety about their health.

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