Effect of Ramadan Fasting on Blood Pressure and Lipid Profiles

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Nutrition research group, Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine , Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 PhD student of Optometry, Department of Optometry, School of Paramedical Science, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 Associate Professor of Nutrition, Biochemistry and Nutrition, Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Cancer Research Centers, Department of Nutrition , School of medicine,, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

4 Professor of Optometry Department of Optometry and Professor of Optometry Refractive Errors Research Center , School of Paramedical Science, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

5 MSc student of Optometry, Department of Optometry, School of Paramedical Science, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

6 Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Eye Research Center, Khatam-Al-Anbia Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad-Iran


Introduction: Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims during which avoid from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse for about 13-17 hours. The aim of this study was surveying the effects of Islamic fasting in Ramadan on lipid profile and blood pressure.
Materials and Methods: we designed this study in two phases, a week before and a week after Ramadan month. Eighty nine healthy subjects with 20-50 years old were participated in this study. Blood sampling for lipid profile measurement was done in the morning and blood pressure was measured in the afternoon with digital sphygmomanometer. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS version 16.0 software.
Results: In a week after Ramadan, body weight and body mass index (BMI) decreased in both sexes, comparing with the week before Ramadan measurements (p


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