Ramadan fasting can help decrease insulin resistance and maintain a healthy body weight, a study suggests.

Researchers showed that the practice of fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan – that involves abstinence from food and water from dawn to sunset – may increase levels of proteins that improve insulin resistance and protect against the risks from a high-fat, high-sugar diet.

The research, presented at the Digestive Disease Week 2019 in the US, offers a potential new treatment approach for obesity-related conditions, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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