If a new health study is to be believed eating dinner early can lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
According to the study, people who have their dinner before 9 p.m. or at least two hours before going to sleep have a 20 percent lower risk of getting breast and prostate cancer as compared to those who eat after 10 p.m. or go to bed shortly after consuming food.
For the purpose of the study, the research team from the Institute for Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) followed 621 people who had prostate and 1,205 who had breast cancer, as well as 872 male and 1,321 female patients without cancer. The researchers collected data relating to preferred times for dinner and sleep. They also considered certain factors such as family history, socioeconomic status, and environmental carcinogenic influencers.
At the end of the study it was found that people who eat dinner before 9:00 p.m. or wait at least two hours after finishing dinner before going to bed have about a 26 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer and a 16 percent lower risk for breast cancer as compared to those who eat after 10:00 p.m. or go to bed soon after finishing their last meal of the day.
The researchers claim that late dinners force the body’s metabolism to speed up, at a time when it should be winding down to go to sleep.
‘We don’t need a study to tell us that, but this study suggests that eating times, like sleep, have longer-term effects for breast and prostate cancer,” said Dr. Manolis Kogevinas, lead author of the study, reported The Mirror.
Kogevinas added that if the findings are confirmed they will have profound implications on recommendations for the timing of the last main meal.