Having an earlier dinner is key to staying healthy -- and how exactly you should be eating during the day.
You are what you eat — and when you eat.
Having dinner before 9 p.m. could lower your risk of breast and prostate cancer, a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests.
Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health examined when people eat dinner and when they go to sleep, and how that affects their risk of breast and prostate cancer. Doctors followed 621 people who had prostate cancer and 1,205 who had breast cancer, as well as a control group of 872 male and 1,321 female patients without cancer, chosen randomly from health care centers throughout Spain (where dinner is typically served later).
“We focused on breast and prostate cancer, because these are the two cancers that have been mostly been associated with night shift work,” Dr. Manolis Kogevinas, the lead author of the study, told Moneyish.
Participants were asked about their sleep patterns, physical activity levels, dietary habits, and when they ate meals during the year before their cancer diagnosis; those without cancer shared those details for the year before they were interviewed for the study.