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Fast Times

Is fasting a long-ignored health savior for diabetics or a possible cause?

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WEIGHT GAIN MAY BE DRIVEN BY NOT ONLY WHAT WE EAT but also our tendency to eat all day long. That’s the thinking behind the weight-loss trend of intermittent fasting, which has grown in popularity in the past few years. An increasing number of health professionals are also prescribing fasting to people with type 2 diabetes, which currently afflicts more than 29 million people in the United States. Yet a recent study warns that going for long stretches without eating could cause the very damage it’s supposed to prevent.

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