Did you know that when you eat matters as much as what you eat?
Breast and prostate cancers are two of the most prevalent types of cancers worldwide and are most strongly linked to night-shift work.
- The Barcelona Institute for Global Health conducted a study on 621 cases of prostate and 1,205 of breast cancer, as well as 872 male and 1,321 female controls in Spain, from 2008 to 2013.
Subjects who have dinner before 9pm or leave a minimum of two hours interval before sleeping had a 20% decrease in breast and prostate cancer risk compared to those who have dinner after 10pm or sleep directly after dinner.
- Another study on 2,650 women from the 2009 – 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that fasting for longer duration at night may decrease systemic inflammation and subsequently lower the risk of breast cancer.
Disturbance in the body clock and decreased glucose processing ability may explain the association between late-night eating and cancer risk.
So What Should You Do?
- Have an early dinner preferably before 9pm.
- Avoid sleeping too close to your dinnertime. Wait for at least two hours before going to bed.