A recent study finds a link between women's heart health and when dinner comes to the table.
The bottom line: The later women eat, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The team around the study's author Dr. Nur Makarem of Valellos College of Physicians and Surgeons focused on the investigation of 112 women aged 33 years.
Participants underwent a cardiovascular examination at the beginning of the study and a year later to assess their heart condition.
Risk factors such as smoking, physical activity, and nutrition are also considered.
In a second step, at the beginning and at the end of the study, respondents performed a week of dedicated electronic food diaries on a computer or cell phone to track what they ate that day. This data could then be linked to heart health.
Dinner after 6 pm is harmful
The results of the study presented at this year's scientific sessions of the American Heart Association in Philadelphia are clear:
When women consume most of their daily calories after 6pm, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases.
Later dinner increased the likelihood of higher blood pressure, increased BMI and poorer long-term blood glucose control.
"So far, lifestyle approaches to preventing heart disease have focused on what we eat and how much we eat," says study author Dr. Nour Makarem in a press release. "In the future, we should also consider when we eat."
American Heart Association (2019): Evening meals associated with poorer heart health for women. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191111084918.htm