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First: I am now officially a grandfather. The lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] snippy's eldest son and his wife had their first child yesterday (Tuesday). He's eight pounds, twenty inches long, with excellent lungs and dark curly hair. Mother and child are doing well. And he's named after a Norse god. Not their first choice of Norse god (Loki), however, as [livejournal.com profile] snippy was able to talk them out of that one. But a Norse god nonetheless.

The proud grandmother drove down to be there for the birth, then drove back a few hours later. It's about two hours either way. I foresee a lot of such trips in the immediate-to-middling future....


Second: I didn't go with [livejournal.com profile] snippy yesterday. I had an appointment with my doctor. She's happy with the effects of my blood pressure meds. Though I'm not down to the ideal numbers, it's low enough to satisfy her. Nonetheless, she wrote me a prescription for a new medication due to a couple of minor side effects, primarily a persistent cough at night. The cough doesn't generally bother me (I'm asleep), but it has kept my lovely and talented wife awake on several occasions. So...new meds.

Third: I was reading my friend Rory's blog today and he mentioned a friend of his, which led me to go catch up on said friend's own blog. Where I discovered that he's been experimenting with--and blogging about--Intermittent Fasting. What is that you ask? Glad you asked.

It's been known for years now that putting rats on a restricted caloric intake (30-40% of what they'd eat given their choice) dramatically increases ther lifespans. In addition, they don't develop cancers, diabetes, heart disease or obesity. They have low blood sugar levels, low insulin levels, good insulin sensitivity, low blood pressure and are, in general, much healthier than the control group animals. In fact, this effect seems to obtain for any mammals they've tried it on (including a 17 years-and-counting project on primates). There've been no human longevity studies (for obvious reasons), but otherwise humans seem to react similarly to the controlled caloric intake regimen--better blood pressure, low blood sugar, lower insulin levels, good insulin sensitivity, etc.

So there's every reason to believe that a restricted caloric intake regimen would dramatically improve your lifespan as well, and even if it didn't it would greatly enhance your overall health. The problem is that it's no fun. Rats and primates forced to live on such a regimen demonstrate irritability and signs of depression. Which lives up to the old joke about clean living and healthy habits not actually causing you to live longer, it just makes it feel that way.

But! There appears to be a way to get all of the benefits of restricted caloric intake without all that angst. And that woudl be Intermittent Fasting. Which means fasting every other day. It produces all the same good results but is much simpler to effect (no nitpicking attention to calorie intake at every meal, for one thing). You eat normally one day, fast the next, and so on.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that fasting on alternate calendar days means fasting for as much as 34 hours at a stretch, since we generally eat during the day and sleep at night. An alternative approach is to choose 6 p.m. as the demarcation between fasting and non-fasting days. That is, you eat until 6 p.m. on Day 1, then fast until after 6 p.m. the next day. Then you're free to eat until 6 p.m. the day after, when you begin your next fast. The end result is that you can eat every day, but you still fast 24 hours out of every 48.

There's lots more to discover about all this, but I find it fascinating. And I'm thinking about trying it out. If the effects various people have reported are typical, it could be a very interesting experience in addition to potentially aiding in losing weight and improving my health.

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