We are beginning to know: the time we eat dinner each day has an impact on our health. Thus, according to a study published in 2018, you should space your last meal of the day and your bedtime by at least 2 hours to reduce your risk of developing breast or prostate cancer. And according to other work also published in 2018, advancing your dinner hour by around 90 minutes would be an effective tip for losing weight.
This time, it’s a Japanese study that says it: eating every evening before 8 p.m. and (especially) adopting a regular dinner hour would reduce your risk of suffering a cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
An increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke with irregular dinner times
The Japanese researchers (who published their work in the specialist journal Nutrients) worked with a group of volunteers consisting of 28,625 men and 43,213 women aged 40 to 79. These were divided into 3 groups: the first group had to dine every day before 8 p.m., the second group had to dine every day after 8 p.m. and the last group could dine irregularly, without a specific time to respect. The 3 groups were followed for 19 years.
Verdict? At the end of the observation period, the Japanese researchers have “found that adopting an irregular dinner schedule versus eating dinner before 8 p.m. was associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke mortality“.
As a reminder, hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when an artery in the brain ruptures – this is called a ruptured aneurysm. Hemorrhagic stroke is rarer than ischemic stroke (15% of cases compared to approximately 85% of cases): the latter occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes clogged.
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