Some often put dinner on the back burner for various reasons. But be careful because eating after 9pm could have disastrous effects on your health.
While some tend to dine early, others live by Spanish time and prefer to grab a bite late in the evening. Between work, the gym, shopping and hanging out with friends, dinner often takes a back seat.
If everyone can do what they want studies warns against this bad habit. According to her findings, published in the International Journal of Cancer, eating after 9pm could have disastrous health effects, especially if sufferers do not leave a two-hour gap between eating and sleeping.
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Effect on the body’s internal clock
As experts from the Barcelona Institute of Global Health pointed out, the metabolism starts to slow down in the evening, and food causes it to speed up again. This would impact the body’s internal clock, known as the circadian rhythm, which is thought to increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
To reach this conclusion, Spanish researchers examined the diet and lifestyle of 621 prostate cancer patients, 1,205 people with breast cancer, and 2,193 people who did not have cancer. They found that those who slept two or more hours after dinner reduced their risk of cancer by 20%. Conversely, those who went to bed within two hours of eating increased their cancer risk by 25%.
“If confirmed, these results will have profound implications for recommendations regarding the timing of the last major meal.”, explained Professor Manolis Kogevinas, responsible for the study. And to add: “The impact could be particularly significant in cultures such as those in southern Europe, where people have late dinners.”
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