Efficacy of Fasting and Calorie Restriction (FCR) on mood and depression among ageing men

N. M. Hussin, Suzana Shahar, N. I M F Teng, W. Z W Ngah, S. K. Das

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Objective: An intervention study on the FCR (Fasting and Calorie Restriction) dietary regime was carried out to determine its efficacy in improving mood states and depression status among ageing men. Subjects: A total of 32 healthy males (Mean±SD), aged 59.7±6.3 years, with a BMI of 26.7±2.2 kg/m2 were recruited to the study. Method: Participants were randomized to either the FCR group (and were instructed to follow a calorie restricted dietary regime with intermittent fasting) or to the control group (in which individuals were asked to maintain their current lifestyle), for a 3 month period. Mood was assessed using the Profile of Mood States and depression was assessed using Beck Depression Inventory-II and Geriatric Depression Scale-15 at baseline, week 6 and week 12 of the intervention. Results: A total of 31 subjects completed the study (n=16, FCR and n=15, control). Significant decreases in tension, anger, confusion and total mood disturbance and improvements in vigor were observed in participants in the FCR group compared to the control group (p<0.05). No significant changes in mean depression scores were observed. Weight, BMI and percent body fat were reduced by 3.8%, 3.7% and 5.7% respectively in the FCR group. Conclusions: Our findings show that a FCR dietary regime is effective in improving mood states and nutritional status among ageing men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-680
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • ageing men
  • depression
  • FCR
  • mood states

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Efficacy of Fasting and Calorie Restriction (FCR) on mood and depression among ageing men. / Hussin, N. M.; Shahar, Suzana; Teng, N. I M F; Ngah, W. Z W; Das, S. K.

In: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, Vol. 17, No. 8, 2013, p. 674-680.

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Hussin, N. M. ; Shahar, Suzana ; Teng, N. I M F ; Ngah, W. Z W ; Das, S. K. / Efficacy of Fasting and Calorie Restriction (FCR) on mood and depression among ageing men. In: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 2013 ; Vol. 17, No. 8. pp. 674-680.
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