Eating Late Increases Cancer Risk


The urge to eat, sometimes overpower our need for sleep.

But new cancer study titled “Effect of mistimed eating patterns on breast and prostate cancer risk (MCC‐Spain Study)” may make you reconsider that late night snack.

The study found out that people who eat before 9 p.m. have a 20 percent lower risk of breast and prostate cancer compared to those who eat dinner after 10 p.m.

Findings of the study were garnered from 621 cases of prostate cancer and 1,205 cases of breast cancer and analyzed by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain. The study also took account of 2,000 men and women healthy individuals who served as the control group.

Both the treatment and control groups were interviewed on the timing of meals, sleep, and chronotype and completed a Food Frequency Questionaire.

The implication of this study is that people should adopt time restricting eating which ensures that one has a 12-hour window that you fast.

Not only time restricting eating will lower your risk for breast cancer, but it can also lower your risk for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.

This is because when you do not have that food process going on 24/7, one is actually reducing the circulation of insulin in the body and also promotes healthy weight loss.

Because obesity is another major contributor to developing cancer, experts say healthy weight loss can also lower the cancer risk. 

The 12-hour period allows the body to heal and fight off any unwanted bacteria. Experts also recommend increasing the daily physical activity, refrain from smoking, and limit sugar and alcohol intake.



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