Why does skipping meals make your heart rate slow down?



Particularly if it causes you to get bradycardia? (less than 60bpm?)

In: Biology

Skipping meals may cause a decrease in heart rate because there is less food to digest in the body when you don’t eat, so you don’t need as much blood flow to the digestive system. That said, this only happens assuming that you are in a resting state and haven’t eaten in a long time. It also isn’t a significant decrease in heart rate.

Skipping meals doesn’t cause bradycardia. Bradycardia is an **abnormally** slow heart rate. It’s not something that happens in healthy people; it happens as a result of disease.