Night-time eating linked to heart disease
"Late night food scoffing could lead to greater risk of heart disease and other illnesses such as diabetes," reports The Sun.
Researchers in Mexico found that rats were less able to clear fats from their bloodstream after being fed at a time when they'd normally be resting.
The researchers carried out a series of experiments on the rats. The results suggested a region of the brain that regulates circadian rhythm (the body clock that determines how temperature and hormones change during day and night) was responsible for how rats process fat.
When the animals were fed during their usual rest period, the researchers found fat from food spent longer as triglycerides in the bloodstream.
High levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream have been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks.
We know that people who work night shifts are at higher risk of heart disease a topic we discussed back in 2014, and that higher levels of triglycerides in the blood may play a part in that.
Although this study is in rats and we cannot be sure the results will apply to people, the findings suggest the body is better at processing fats when it is at its most active.
While there is little you can do about your work patterns if you work at night, you can eat a healthy diet and take exercise to reduce your overall risk of heart disease. And for those who work during the day, the study suggests it may be best to avoid regularly eating a big meal late at night.Read Full Article