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Timing of last meal affects cancer risk

    31 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

A new study looked at the risk of breast and prostate cancer. The timing of your last meal of the day may affect your risk of certain cancers, according to a new study. Researchers found that eating dinner before 9 p.m. or leaving at least two hours between dinner and bedtime can lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer by about 20 percent.

The findings “highlight the importance of assessing circadian rhythms in studies on diet and cancer,” ISGlobal researcher Dr. Manolis Kogevinas, lead author of the study, said in a statement. The study was conducted at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. The findings were published in the International Journal of Cancer.

To understand circadian rhythms’ effect on health, the research team decided to investigate if cancer risk — particularly for prostate and breast cancer — could be linked to mealtimes. The timing of your last meal of the day may affect your risk of certain cancers, according to a new study.

Researchers found that eating dinner before 9 p.m. or leaving at least two hours between dinner and bedtime can lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer by about 20 per cent. The findings “highlight the importance of assessing circadian rhythms in studies on diet and cancer,” ISGlobal researcher Dr. Manolis Kogevinas, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

The study was conducted at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. The findings were published in the International Journal of Cancer. To understand circadian rhythms’ effect on health, the research team decided to investigate if cancer risk — particularly for prostate and breast cancer — could be linked to mealtimes.

The researchers looked at data of 621 participants who had prostate cancer and 1,205 participants who had breast cancer. They also looked at a control group of 872 men and 1,321 women that didn’t work night shifts. The researchers used questionnaires and conducted face-to-face interviews about eating and sleep habits and other cancer risk factors to analyze a potential link.

Almost everyone in the study reported having breakfast, lunch, and dinner. About a third also had an afternoon snack, and 7 percent had a snack after dinner. They found that people who waited at least two hours between dinner and bedtime had a 20 percent decreased risk of breast and prostate cancer. A similar decreased risk was found in people who ate before 9 p.m. when compared with people who ate after 10 p.m.

                –Courtesy: Healthline.com.

 


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