Fasting can reduce disease risk by lowering inflammation: Study
The tradition of three full meals per day is being called into question.
The trio of daily meals and the typical Western, high-calorie diet are the focus of a new study published in the journal Cell Reports providing more evidence that fasting at least part of the day may be good for the body.
Fasting has been promoted in recent years for weight loss, typically when someone skips a meal and their body reacts using stored fat and carbohydrates as energy sources.
Now, the authors of the new study say intermittent fasting may help inhibit inflammation.
Experts say that inflammation can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases. One of these is metabolic syndrome, which can increase the risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
In some cases of inflammation, the body may be sending cells to defend against viruses, bacteria, and other organisms causing infections.
Sometimes, though, the body mistakenly perceives its own cells or tissues as harmful. This reaction can lead to autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease.
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