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Study shows health benefits of fasting

Individuals who fasted for 15 hours daily as part of Ramadan had higher blood levels of the proteins tropomyosin 1, 3 and 4, which are responsible for the regulation of skeletal muscle and heart contraction and help maintain the health of cells related to insulin resistance, between baseline and one week after the fasting period, researchers reported at the Digestive Disease Week. Based on 14 healthy people, findings showed that the "timing of and duration between meals could be important factors to consider for people struggling with obesity-related conditions," said lead study author Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu.

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