Normally, at night, you pressure goes down by 10%. But if you eat two hours before bedtime a rush of stress hormones is released and that stops your blood pressure to drop. It keeps “high alert” in your body and while you are sleeping your blood pressure is maintained at daytime levels. This puts you at greater risk for stroke and heart attack. 721 people were tracked by researchers with an average age of 53 and high blood pressure. Those who were accustomed to eating within two hours of going to bed 2.8 times were more likely to retain high blood pressure overnight. These people were found to be three times more likely to die from a heart-related illness.
Frequently eating late at night can triple your risk of a deadly heart attack if you have high blood pressure.
Health problems linked to late-night eating:
- Type 2 diabetes. Higher blood sugar levels during sleeping hours are caused by habitual late-night eating. It’s also believed that this leads to type 2 diabetes.
- Poor sleep. As found by researchers, people who eat before bedtime sleep less soundly than people who don’t. Those who increased their nighttime fasting by two hours could sleep 20% longer
- Breast cancer. More than 2,400 early-stage breast cancer survivors were followed by the researchers at the University of California, San Diego. They found that an overnight fast of fewer than 13 hours is linked to a 36% higher risk of returning of breast cancer. Those patients had higher death risk by 21% compared to those who were fasting longer than 13 hours per night.
More than half of men who die of heart disease show no symptoms – admits The American Heart Association. But that is not because the symptoms were not there… Doctors just couldn’t find them.
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