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October 16, 2018 • Cancer Prevention

Early Dinner, Less Cancer

The timing of your evening meal may significantly impact your cancer risk. In a first-of-its-kind evaluation, investigators noted that study subjects who reported eating dinner by 9 pm or waiting at least two hours post-dinner to go to bed were 20 percent less likely to develop breast cancer or prostate cancer.
The study included data from 1,205 breast cancer cases, 621 prostate cancer cases, and 2,153 healthy adult controls.

Young people having a good farm dinner

Animal studies and emerging human studies have shown that meal timing can have a profound impact on metabolic function and other aspects of bodily function. Although further studies are needed, it appears that avoiding late night eating, as well as eating dinner earlier is a wise move for body weight and overall health.

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(Effect of mistimed eating patterns on breast and prostate cancer risk (MCC-Spain study). Int J Cancer, 2018)