06 Apr '11, 3am

Fasting ensures good health, protects heart - Yahoo!

Washington , April 4 (IANS) Do you know that fasting, long associated with religious rituals, diets and political protests, also ensures good health and protects your heart? New evidence from the Intermountain Medical Centre Heart Institute in Utah shows that periodic fasting not only lowers one's risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes changes in blood cholesterol levels. 'Fasting causes hunger or stress. In response, the body releases more cholesterol, allowing it to utilise fat as a source of fuel, instead of glucose,' says Benjamin D. Horne, the study's principal investigator 'This decreases the number of fat cells in the body,' says Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at Intermountain Institute. 'This is important because the fewer fat cells a body has, the less likely it will experience insulin resistance or diabetes,' add...

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