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Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2008 Dec;18(6):617-27.

Ramadan fastings effect on plasma leptin, adiponectin concentrations, and body composition in trained young men.

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  • 1Superior Inst. of Sport and Physical Education, Gafsa, Tunisia.



To evaluate the effect of Ramadan fasting on parameters of insulin resistance in trained athletes at rest and after aerobic exercise.


Nine male rugby players (age 19 +/- 2 yr, height 1.78 +/- 0.74 m) were tested 3 times: 1 week before observance of Ramadan (C), at the end of the first week (R1), and during the fourth week (R2). They performed a progressive cycle-ergometer test at each visit. Data collected at rest and at the end of aerobic exercise included simple anthropometry (body mass, body-mass index, body fat, fat-free mass), biochemical parameters (serum glucose, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, creatinine, and serum proteins), and selected hormone concentrations (plasma insulin, leptin, and adiponectin).


Ramadan fasting was associated with a reduction of body mass and body fat (R2 vs. C, p < .01) without significant change in leptin or adiponectin levels.


Lipolysis might have occurred because of increased plasma triglycerides and HDL cholesterol concentrations.

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