You might want to think twice before deciding to indulge in that supper, everyone!
People who eat two hours before going to bed have a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer as opposed to those who hit the sack immediately after dinner, says a new study.
Previous studies have linked higher fibre intake with reduced risk of breast cancer, but the benefits of fruits and vegetables found in this study appear to be independent of their fibre content, the researchers noted.
The study monitored 621 people who had prostate cancer and 1,205 who had breast cancer, as well as a control group; 872 male and 1,321 female patients without cancer.
"Our study concludes that adherence to diurnal eating patterns is associated with a lower risk of cancer", said lead author Manolis Kogevinas from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain. Experts are also of the opinion that people who work in the night-shifts and experience circadian disruption are at the higher risk of prostate and breast cancer.
"We, not only humans but all living organisms, have developed throughout time functioning differently in day and night".
The timing of your evening meal may have an effect on your health risks.
"The findings highlight the importance of assessing circadian rhythms in studies on diet and cancer", Kogevinas added.
The researchers interviewed the participants on timing of meals, sleep, and chronotype ― which is whether an individual shows a natural preference for morning or evening activity.
The participants also completed a questionnaire on their eating habits and adherence to cancer prevention recommendations.
Although the data is still new and will need further research in other populations, these findings are definitely something to note.
It may be mentioned that many earlier researches were carried out only about eatables but this is the first time, a research has been conducted on eating and sleeping habits. No more suppers at the mamak!