Consuming foods delayed into the evening is putting millions in danger of suffering strokes, doctors have cautioned.
Having dinner within two hours of going to bed can leave the whole body on “high alert” and mean hypertension does not fall properly overnight, increasing the risk to the heart.
Experts recommended that adults should eat ideally dinner before 7pm to allow the whole body time to breeze down and relax, and cautioned that eating late can do more damage to the heart than having a diet rich in salt.
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Eating dinner later was found to have the most significant impact on hypertension during the night, with those doing so almost twice as likely to suffer from “non-dipper hypertension”, when pressure fails to drop effectively overnight.
Blood pressure is meant to drop by 10 %, but almost 25 % of those who ate dinner within two hours of going to bed did not experience their pressure falling sufficiently overnight, compared with 14.2 % who ate earlier.
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If we eat late in the night, the whole body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for rest and stress hormones are secreted causing hypertension not to decrease during rest which should normally happen. We must determine the best regularity and moment of foods because how we eat may be as important as what we eat.
Modern lifestyle changes with hectic work schedule and long commutes, force people to take up erratic dietary habits including late-night meals.
Experts recommend on having early meals allowing the whole body to breeze down and relax. Also having a good breakfast and lunch and going light on dinner has benefits on health.
The surveys indicate that feeding out of our normal rhythm, like late at night, may prompt weight gain” and higher layers of blood sugar, which can heighten the danger of heart disease.