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(KSL News) Fasting may decrease your chances for coronary artery disease.
Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare studied 4,600 people, including those who fast monthly for religious reasons. They found those who fast for two consecutive meals once a month were less likely to be diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
Researchers think fasting gives the body a break from constant exposure to glucose, which might allow the body's insulin producing cells to work better.
However, researchers warn one study isn't sufficient to recommend fasting as a way to reduce heart disease and point out that not everyone should skip meals. They suggest talking to your doctor before doing so.