New Study Says Nighttime Snacking Can Lead to Diabetes and Breast Cancer
A new study has determined that nighttime snacking can raise the risk of breast cancer and diabetes. Researchers lead by Catherine Marinac, a doctoral student at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine determined that fasting at night is essential for good health. It is the first study that demonstrates that nocturnal eating should be avoided. This allows the body’s metabolism to work in turn with the natural cycles of sleep and waking.
The researchers worked with more than 2,000 women for the study in which they were asked to record their eating and sleeping patterns between the years 2009 and 2010. The individuals who reported that they had fasted for long durations also indicated that they ate less calories each day, less calories after 10 pm and had fewer episodes of eating.
The women who had this longer nighttime fasting duration also saw improved glycemic regulation, as well as, a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. However, breast cancer charities warn that high-risk patients should not change eating times until further studies have been done. The researchers admit that the study is the first of its kind and did not assess the risk of breast cancer in the women prior to the study. The findings of the study were published to the journal Cancer, Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.
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