A LATE DINNER IS BETTER POSTPONED UNTIL MORNING
Earlier dinner reduces the risk of two evils – both breast and prostate cancer. It’s long been known that earlier is better, as well, in light of our circadian rhythms. Spanish (more specifically Catalan) scientists have now shown, however, that there is a correlation between these forms of cancer and a late dinner.
What is meant by early? They understand it as at least 2 hours before bedtime.
The two aforementioned forms of cancer are not selected by chance. They are the most common. In addition, they’re also associated with disruptions in circadian rhythm or the daily routine.
For 5 years, scientists in Barcelona analyzed data from a large group of both sick and healthy patients. The control group had never worked night shifts. It turns out that those who eat 2+ hours before bedtime have a 26% and 16% lower risk of prostate and breast cancer, respectively.
Early risers, by the way, are at less risk than night owls, but there’s evidence that what constitutes early vs late depends on an innate inclination. The lowest risk is with early risers that lead a healthy lifestyle, though.
Thus, scientists have unveiled another secret in the connection between cancer and daily metabolism. The details on how and why are unknown, but the conclusion is worth remembering. It’s possible that the risk for cataracts and glaucoma is affected by disturbances in circadian rhythm, as well.
NOT JUST ABOUT DINNER – CATCHING UP TO SKIN CANCER
More good news comes from Australia. The answer to “do I have melanoma?” isn’t always an easy one. People who are prone to melanoma usually have many birthmarks of an unusual shape, but which ones are malignant? It’s important to catch it at an early stage, and the ABCDE rule can help:
A – asymmetry
B – border irregularity (uneven edge)
C – color (different colors in different areas)
D- diameter (more than 6mm)
E – evolving (birthmark changes)
But soon the detection process will be easier and without biopsy. Australians developed a blood test that detects skin cancer at its inception. Accuracy is 80%.
When melanoma forms, the body starts producing antibodies, and this new test registers that.
Just wait – in 10 years this will all be under control.
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