Eating after a certain time increases the risk of cancer by 25%

For various reasons, some tend to put dinner on the back burner. But beware, because eating after 9pm can have disastrous effects on your health.

While some tend to dine early, others live on Spanish time and prefer to eat something late at night. Between work, the gym, shopping and relaxing with friends, dinner often takes a backseat.

If everyone is free to do what they want, A study warns against this bad habit. According to their findings, published in the International Journal of Cancer, eating after 9 p.m. could have disastrous health effects, especially if those affected do not leave a space of two hours between eating and going to bed.

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An impact on the body’s internal clock.

As the experts at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health remind us, the metabolism starts to slow down at night and eating causes it to speed up again. This would have an impact on the body’s internal clock, known as the circadian rhythm, which is thought to increase the risk of developing prostate and breast cancer.

To reach this conclusion, Spanish researchers examined the diets and lifestyles of 621 prostate cancer patients, 1,205 people with breast cancer, and 2,193 people without cancer. They found that those who fell asleep two hours or more after dinner reduced their risk of cancer by 20%. By contrast, those who went to bed within two hours of eating increased their cancer risk by 25%.

“If these results are confirmed, they will have profound implications for recommendations about the timing of the last main meal.”explained Professor Manolis Kogevinas, in charge of the study. And to add: “The impact could be particularly significant in cultures like those in southern Europe, where people dine late.”

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