What Nighttime Eating Is Really Doing to Your Life

What Nighttime Eating Is Really Doing to Your Life

(RepublicanPress.org) – Many Americans have picked up abnormal eating patterns due to their work schedules. As it turns out, a new study suggests a link between nighttime eating and some severe health issues.

Countless research studies have found that nighttime eating can lead to weight gain. The condition increases a person’s likelihood of contracting a cardiovascular disease and raises the risk of diabetes. However, a recent study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute took a deeper look at the impact on blood sugar levels on people who eat at night versus during daylight hours.

Conducted at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the study specifically looked at the role night work plays in disruptions to individuals’ circadian rhythms and glucose intolerance.

Researchers looked at glycemic control using simulated nighttime work schedules with test subjects eating both at night and during the daytime. The scientists then looked at participants’ body temperatures, glucose, and insulin levels before and after work.

The individuals who ate at night showed a decrease in pancreatic function and increased blood glucose tolerance, which can occur before the onset of diabetes. On the other hand, workers who ate during the day, even though they worked at night, didn’t experience either response.

The study suggested that the reason for nighttime eating and a person’s after-hours activity doesn’t make a difference. As result, researchers recommend that night-shift workers eat before and after their shifts, sticking to small snacks in the middle of the night.

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