Thursday, September 1, 2016

"NEVER eat after 7pm"

"Late night meals 'increases the risk of heart attack and stroke'"
Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' – and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.

'Stress hormones are secreted, causing blood pressure not to decrease during sleep, which should normally happen.'

Dr Özpelit, from Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey, tracked 721 on people diagnosed with high blood pressure, with an average age of 53.

She found that those who ate within two hours of going to bed were 2.8 times more likely to retain high blood pressure overnight.


ndspinelli said...

You should not eat for 3 hours prior to going to bed.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

You can get acid reflux eating late too.

edutcher said...

Oh, boy, ain't that the truth.

I get very bad GERD and one thing that's helped a lot is the don't eat after (my doc said 8) rule.

ricpic said...

Although I think the advice not to eat after 7 PM is good advice with definite health benefits, there are cultures, Spain comes to mind, in which the evening meal is often taken as late as 9 PM, even 10 PM. Are strokes and heart attacks off the charts among Spaniards, or has the Spanish physiology adjusted to eating closer to bedtime? Or perhaps bedtime in Spain is 1 AM, not likely.

Rabel said...

"She advised that people do not skip breakfast, eat lunch, and keep dinner to a small meal.

'Eating breakfast and lunch is important but dinner must not be later than seven o'clock in the evening,' she said."

I guess I'm as good as dead.

Methadras said...

I think this describes me to a T. I've just been recently diagnoses with high blood pressure and just started taking meds. I'm going to have to try and follow this rule and see if it works.

ndspinelli said...

The time of evening is not the key. The key is not eating for 3 hours prior to bedtime. If you go to bed @ midnight, eating @ 8p is fine. Here's something else my wise, Jew doc, who lived in Italy for awhile, told me. That classic Italian evening stroll after supper is a key component to the Mediterranean diet. Just a stroll, nice and easy. Even if it's only a few blocks. It helps digestion, making you less prone to acid reflux, or agita, as Eyetalians call it. It also is helpful in lowering blood sugars, that can spike in the evening.