Ramadan fasting - Effect on healthy Muslims

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Masahiro Toda
Kanehisa Morimoto
Cite this article:  Toda, M., & Morimoto, K. (2004). Ramadan fasting - Effect on healthy Muslims. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 32(1), 13-18.


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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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