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Eating Early Dinner May Lower Risk of Certain Cancers

Many studies have been conducted regarding dietary patterns and cancer risk, but few have been conducted on timing of meals and cancer risk. A recent study suggests that having an early supper or going at least two hours before going to bed are both associated with a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer.


Participants in the study included 621 cases of prostate cancer, 1,205 cases of breast cancer, and 872 men and 1,321 women who were selected randomly to act as controls. All of the participants were interviewed about their meal timing, sleep habits, chronotype, and they all completed a questionnaire about eating habits and adherence to cancer prevention recommendations.


The researchers found that people who took their evening meal before 9 pm or waited at least two hours before going to sleep had an approximately 20% lower risk of breast and prostate cancer, when compared with people who ate after 10 pm or those who ate and went to be soon after.


Researchers from ISGlobal in Spain led the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 17, 2018, in the International Journal of Cancer.

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