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Journal:   PAYESH   JANUARY 2008 , Volume 7 , Number 1; Page(s) 5 To 9.
 
Paper: 

DOES GREATER MEAL FREQUENCY DECREASE THE LEVELS OF RISK FACTORS FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?

 
 
Author(s):  MIRMIRAN PARVIN, MEHRABANI H., AZIZI FEREYDOUN*
 
* ENDOCRINE RESEARCH CENTER, SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective(s): To study the association between the frequency of meals and the levels of non-communicable diseases (NCD) risk factors.

Methods: The sample comprised 592 people (275 men, 317 women) aged 19-50 years, selected randomly from the pool of participants in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study. Eating patterns were assessed and the number of meals in a day recorded using two-day 24-hour recall questionnaires. We divided the sample into four subgroups: Group 1 comprised subjects taking less than 6 meals per day. Group 2 included those taking 6-7 meals per day, the third had 8-9 meals per day, and Group 4 took more than 9 meals per day. Blood lipids were measured after 12-14 hours of fasting; anthropometric indices and blood pressure were also recorded.

Results: The four groups were composed of 190, 135, 185, and 82 individuals respectively. The risk of having high total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol was found to decrease with greater meal frequency. No significant difference was observed in the intake of macronutrients. The intake of fibers was greater in the fourth group (P<0.001).
Conclusion: The study shows that increasing meal frequency may decrease the risk of NCDs. Considering the high prevalence of these disorders, changes in eating habits seem necessary.

 
Keyword(s): MEAL FREQUENCY, ENERGY INTAKE, LIPID PROFILE, LIPOPROTEINS, RISK FACTORS
 
 
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MIRMIRAN, P., & MEHRABANI, H., & AZIZI, F. (2008). DOES GREATER MEAL FREQUENCY DECREASE THE LEVELS OF RISK FACTORS FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?. PAYESH, 7(1), 5-9. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=102562



Vancouver: Copy

MIRMIRAN PARVIN, MEHRABANI H., AZIZI FEREYDOUN. DOES GREATER MEAL FREQUENCY DECREASE THE LEVELS OF RISK FACTORS FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?. PAYESH. 2008 [cited 2021July25];7(1):5-9. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=102562



IEEE: Copy

MIRMIRAN, P., MEHRABANI, H., AZIZI, F., 2008. DOES GREATER MEAL FREQUENCY DECREASE THE LEVELS OF RISK FACTORS FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?. PAYESH, [online] 7(1), pp.5-9. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=102562.



 
 
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