• Consumer Health: Fasting may be good for your heart

Empty plate with spoon and fork on wooden backgroundFasting and heart health
Researchers aren't sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting potentially can reduce your risk of heart disease. However, there are concerns about the potential side effects of fasting for certain people or in specific circumstances. Learn more from Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.


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