A study published in the Journal of Cancer indicated that eating an earlier dinner—at least 2 hours prior to bedtime—resulted in a 20% lower risk of breast and prostate cancer compared with eating a later meal.
The researchers assessed 621 patients with prostate cancer and 1,205 with breast cancer, as well as 872 male and 1,321 female healthy controls, from primary health centers in Spain. Participants completed questionnaires about their eating and sleeping habits and observance of cancer prevention recommendations such as physical activity and limiting alcohol consumption.
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The effects of a longer supper-sleep interval were more noticeable in those who were following cancer prevention recommendations and in those considered “morning people” for both breast and prostate cancer. Approximately 27% of patients with breast cancer followed the cancer prevention recommendations compared with 31% of the control group. Similar results were found in the prostate cancer group.