Late Night Snacking And Breast Cancer: What Is The Connection?


A lot of people feel the urge to snack late at night, all thanks to the advertisements and the mere thought of food. However, breast cancer patients should be particularly careful while indulging in late night snacking. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California (UC), San Diego School of Medicine, suggests that late night snacking increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence. That is, the sufferers should avoid taking anything in the night between dinner and breakfast. The researchers based their findings on a study of 2,400 early-stage breast cancer survivors. The team found that short overnight fast that lasts for less than 13 hours significantly increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Alcohol Can Trigger Cancer-Causing Gene, Increase Breast Cancer Risk In Women: Study Statistically, the researchers found that it may contribute to a 36 percent higher breast cancer recurrence and 21 percent higher risk of death from the condition, as compared to individuals who fast for a longer duration of time.Like us on Facebook The research team says that everyone knows how important it is to eat right to prevent cancer. However, the timing of eating healthy and right is equally important as it directly impacts the metabolic health. Metabolic health has an important role to play when it comes to a healthy body. Fasting for a shorter duration of time is linked to sleeplessness, less rest and increased levels of HbA1c, a marker of normal glucose levels in the human body, reports Consumer Health Day. “If future trials confirm that habitual prolonged nightly fasting improves metabolic health, this would be an important discovery in prevention that could reduce the risk of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” said study senior author Ruth Patterson, in a press statement. The complete details of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology. Photo Sources: Flickr, Wikimedia