Modern life seems to be going at a faster pace than ever before, and most of the time it reflects negatively on sleeping and eating patterns. While many seem to pay little attention to what they eat and almost none when they eat, a recent study claims meal times could actually have a great impact on possibly avoiding some serious diseases.
There has been a lot of focus on finding the best natural diet or foods that might prove to have an effect on reducing the risk of cancer, but very little research has delved into eating times and their effect on general health. An article published in the International Journal of Cancer has revealed a connection between the normal circadian rhythm of the body and risks associated with breast and prostate cancer.
The trials took place in Spain, between 2008 and 2013, and contrasted 621 cases of prostate and 1,205 cases of breast cancer to 872 men and 1321 women selected to be control subjects who never worked night shifts.
Results showed that those who went to sleep two or more hours after having supper presented a 20% combined reduction in cancer risk for breast and prostate. There was evidence of a similar disparity between having supper before 9 pm and 10 pm.
The article concluded that “adherence to diurnal eating patterns and specifically a long interval between last meal and sleep are associated with a lower cancer risk, stressing the importance of evaluating timing in studies on diet and cancer”.
Intermittent fasting is also linked with reductions of some biomarkers associated with cancer. It seems that the activation of the NRF2 gene and the lower blood glucose levels could be providing substantial benefits against both diabetes and cancer.
The more information is available, the better optimized and better-suited treatment and management can become. Right now, it seems eating earlier, leaving enough time to pass between meals and sleep, and having regular sleep sessions is the best schedule.
Understanding how eating and sleeping patterns influence health brings us closer to living a better and longer life.