A recent study proved that eating dinner before 9 pm or maintaining a gap between dinner and sleep has been found to reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancer by 20 percent.
The study has been performed on 621 people diagnosed with prostate cancer, 1,205 who had breast cancer, as well as 872 male and 1,321 female patients without cancer, assessing lifestyle factors like eating habits, bedtime and exercise routines.
The study found that-
• Compared to people sleeping immediately after dinner, those sleeping 2 hours or more after dinner had a 20% reduction in cancer risk for breast cancer.
• Similar protection was observed in people having supper after 9 PM compared to dinner after 10 PM.
As per the lead author, the study concludes that adherence to day-time eating patterns is associated with a lower risk of cancer. The researchers also wanted to check if there is any effect on heart health due to diet and cancer.
The findings follow several other major studies that have looked at the health impacts of shift work and its disruption of circadian and biological rhythms (natural cycle of changes in bodily functions).
However, meal times are often something shift workers can’t control. Advise your patients to continue making the healthiest choices possible when it comes to other lifestyle factors like eating, exercising and sleeping, for example.