Your din­ner time could af­fect your risk of can­cer, study finds

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WHILE MID­NIGHT SNACKS AREN’T GOOD FOR YOUR WAIST­LINE, IT CAN ALSO IN­CREASE THE RISK OF CAN­CER, AC­CORD­ING TO A STUDY THAT HAS SHOWN IT CAN DIS­RUPT THE IN­TER­NAL BODY CLOCK.

Span­ish sci­en­tists from the Barcelona In­sti­tute for Global Health have found that peo­ple who reg­u­larly ate din­ner af­ter 9pm, or less than two hours be­fore bed­time, had a 25% higher risk of breast and prostate can­cer. Ac­cord­ing to them, late din­ners and mid­night snacks force the body’s me­tab­o­lism to speed up when it should ide­ally be wind­ing down for the day. It’s sim­i­lar to what hap­pens to peo­ple’s bod­ies when they do shift work, which trig­ger hor­monal cues that are linked to breast and prostate can­cers. While the risk has been es­ti­mated, the team sug­gests fur­ther re­search is re­quired to un­der­stand the rea­sons be­hind the find­ings.

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