- People should say
- The idea is that this gives your body time to digest the food.
- However, a new study suggests this may not be the case
Leaving a gap of two hours in eating your dinner and going to bed is not necessarily beneficial for your health, a new scientific study has suggested.
It's commonly believed that eating shortly before bed can have a long-term detrimental effect on your wellbeing, leading to issues such as an increased risk of cancer.
However, researchers from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University in Japan have been seemingly debunked this claim, stating that leaving a two-hour gap between your last meal and your bedtime is unlikely to affect your blood glucose levels.
In Japan, the public has been advised to leave for lunch and dinner at least three times a week.
BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, the researchers analyzed data analyzed between 2012 and 2014 from 1,573 healthy middle-aged and older adults from Okayama in western Japan.
None of the adults had any underlying health conditions related to diabetes, two thirds of the cohort were women, and the majority were over the age of 65.
The team assessed the group's eating regimes in addition to other lifestyle factors such as their weight, how fast they eat, how much physical activity they take in, and whether they smoke.
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Over the course of the study of the researchers also monitored the HbA1c levels of the participants, which indicates the blood glucose levels of individuals over a two to three-month period.
A minority of the participants
While the average HbA1c levels of the cohort rose slightly over the study, increasing from 5.2 percent 2012 to 5.58 percent in 2013 and 2014, the researchers concluded that eating and going to bed at least two hours on leaving would have little effect on the rise
They found that other lifestyle factors such as blood pressure, physical activity, and excessive drinking
While the researchers acknowledge that the study is solely observational, they believe that their findings demonstrate that more emphasis is needed on a daily basis. the day.
"Contrary to common belief, making a short interval between the day and sleeptime did not affect HbA1c levels," they state.
"More attention should be paid to healthy portions and food components, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption, and [being] overweight, as these variables had a more profound effect on the metabolic process. "