Increased risk of heart disease through our dinner?
If women consume more than their daily calories per night, it may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A recent study found that women who consume most of their daily calories tonight are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease compared to women who consumed those calories during the day. The results of the study are now being presented at this year's American Heart Association scientific meetings in Philadelphia.
112 women were studied for the study
In their study, the researchers evaluated the cardiovascular health of 112 women who had an average age of 33 years. Special attention was paid to risk factors that can be improved by lifestyle changes. These risk factors include, for example, non-smoking, physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight, as well as measuring cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Heart health value was calculated for all women
Researchers calculated heart health score for female participants based on the above factors. Participants kept electronic diaries on a computer or mobile phone to report what, how much and when they consumed one week at the beginning of the study and twelve months later for one week. These data were then used to determine the relationship between heart health and eating time.
Many calories for dinner had a negative impact on heart health
Most women consume only small amounts of food after 6 pm. Participants who consumed most of their daily calories after 6 pm had worse heart health.
Effects of calorie intake
With every 1% increase in calorie intake after 6pm, heart health also worsens. When women consume most of their daily calories after 6pm, they are more likely to experience higher blood pressure, increased BMI, and poorer long-term blood glucose control. Similar results were observed with each increase in calorie consumption by one percent after 8 pm.
It makes a difference at the time that calories are taken
"So far, lifestyle approaches to preventing heart disease have focused on what we eat and how much we eat," says study author Dr. Nur Makarem of Columbia College, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in a press release from the American Heart Association. In the future, we should also consider possible ways to eat.
Further research is needed
The results of the study suggest that eating food, taking into account the time and percentage of calories consumed at dinner, is a simple, changeable behavior to reduce the risk of heart disease. Future results should be confirmed in further studies with larger samples and other populations. (How)
- Eating Hearts Due to Bad Heart Health for Women, American Heart Association (Request: 11.11.2019), American Heart Association
This article contains general information only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. He could not replace a doctor's visit.