More attention should be given healthy food, adequate sleep and avoid Smoking, alcohol consumption and the prevention of overweight, because these changes had a more profound impact on metabolic process.
The two-hour gap between dinner and sleep is not necessarily healthy, according to a new scientific study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, informs Rus.Media.
It is considered that eating too close to bedtime may cause long-term adverse effect on health, leading, in particular, to such serious problems as increased risk of cancer.
However, the researchers from the Higher school of health Sciences, Okayama University (Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University), Japan, has denied the allegation. Based on the results obtained, they stated that a two-hour break between the last meal and the time bedtime does not have a significant influence on the level of glucose in the blood.
The researchers analyzed data from 1573 healthy people of middle and old age (40 to 74 years old) from Okayama in the period between 2012 and 2014. None of the participants had health problems associated with prediabetes and diabetes, two-thirds of the group were women. A minority of the participants regularly went to bed for two hours after dinner.
The team has acknowledged the power of the group in addition to other lifestyle factors such as weight, rate of food intake, level of physical activity and Smoking.
The study also tracked the level of HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin – average content of blood glucose over two to three months) of the participants.
Although the average HbA1c level in the group increased slightly throughout the study, an increase from 5.2% (2012) to 5.58% (2013 and 2014), the researchers came to the conclusion that not less than two-hour gap between meal and sleep did not affect this growth.
Other lifestyle factors – blood pressure, physical activity, and excessive alcohol use – had a more significant influence on the level of glucose in the blood.
Recognizing exclusively observational nature of the study, the researchers believe that these results show the need to devote more attention to encouraging people to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and not the appeals of the two-hour break between dinner and bedtime.
“Contrary to public opinion, ensure a short interval between the last meal of the day and the time bedtime had no significant effect on HbA1c. More attention should be given healthy portions and food components, adequate sleep and avoid Smoking, alcohol consumption and the prevention of overweight, because these changes had a more profound impact on metabolic process”, – said the authors of the study, su su MOU (Su Su Maw) and Chior Haga (Chiyori Haga).