Carotid atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds up in the carotid arteries, which are the main blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. This plaque can narrow the arteries and restrict blood flow, which can increase the risk of stroke.
There are a number of lifestyle changes that can help to reduce the risk of carotid atherosclerosis, including eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking. Fasting is another lifestyle change that has been shown to have potential benefits for people with carotid atherosclerosis.
In a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis, researchers found that fasting for 12 hours a day reduced levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) in people with carotid atherosclerosis. Triglycerides and LDL cholesterol are two of the main risk factors for atherosclerosis.
The researchers also found that fasting for 12 hours a day increased levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and adiponectin, a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar and inflammation.
Another study, published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, found that intermittent fasting (IF) for 16 hours a day reduced carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT), a measure of atherosclerosis. CIMT is a risk factor for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The results of these studies suggest that fasting may be a beneficial lifestyle change for people with carotid atherosclerosis. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.
If you are considering fasting for carotid atherosclerosis, it is important to talk to your doctor first. They can help you to determine if fasting is right for you and can provide guidance on how to do it safely.
In addition to fasting, there are other lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your risk of carotid atherosclerosis. These include:
- Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.
- Exercising regularly.
- Not smoking.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
By making these lifestyle changes, you can help to keep your carotid arteries healthy and reduce your risk of stroke.