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Clinical Trial

Intermittent Fasting in Tactical Athletes

Firefighters and police officers chronically encounter physiological and psychological stresses which commonly result in metabolic, cardiovascular, cognitive, and sleep impairments. These conditions may then lead to stroke, cancer, heart attack, or other fatal diseases. Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve cellular health (i.e., killing unhealthy cells), increase metabolism (i.e, improving Type 2 Diabetes), and improve cognitive performance (i.e., improving attention) in animal studies and some human studies. Changes in body composition may occur, as well, depending on energy expenditure (non-exercise physical activity) during the fast. Although scientific literature exists that demonstrates positive outcomes on health and cognition, the research is lacking depth on many of the parameters. The effects of intermittent fasting on sleep and cognition are two areas needing more research, especially in randomized human trials with a control group. The purpose of this study would be to assess the effects of intermittent fasting on metabolism, cardiovascular health, daily activity levels, sleep, and cognitive performance primarily in police officers and firefighters both of whom are also called ?tactical athletes.?


Eligibility Criteria

  • Inclusionary criteria: males and females age 18-55 currently employed as tactical athletes Exclusionary criteria: currently participating in intermittent fasting regiments history of bariatric surgery taking weight loss medicine pregnant

Contact Information

    Angelia Maleah Holland

    (502) 504-9914

   angholland@augusta.edu

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