Fasting can reduce cholesterol levels in pre-diabetic people over extended period of time.

The research on periodic fasting has identified a biological process in the body that converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, thus combating diabetes risk factors.

Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, noticed that after 10 to 12 hours of fasting, the body starts scavenging for other sources of energy throughout the body to sustain itself.

The body pulls LDL (bad) cholesterol from the fat cells and uses it as energy.

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