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What are some complications associated with fasting?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If not monitored properly, fasting can present very serious health complications. For this reason, fasting is not usually recommended as a weight loss tool. In some cases of morbid obesity, a modified partial fast is prescribed. For an individual with diabetes, fasting can be life-threatening because it can cause irregular blood sugars and low insulin levels. Additionally, sometimes fasting can become an obsession and lead to anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa involves starvation for cosmetic or psychological reasons.

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