The study analyzes for the first time the correlation between cancer risk and the timing of meals and sleep, with earlier studies focusing on nutritional patterns, such as the effects of red meat, fruits and vegetables and the associations between food intake and obesity rather than the timing of the meal food.
"Our study concludes that adhering to daily eating habits is associated with a lower risk of cancer," commented senior author Manolis Kegevinas, adding that the findings "highlight the importance of circadian rhythms in diet and cancer studies underline ".
Dora Romaguera, the final author of the study, also noted that "more research on humans is needed to understand the reasons for these findings, but everything indicates that the time of sleep affects our ability to eat foods Animal studies have shown that food intake has "profound effects on the metabolism and health of food."
If the findings are confirmed, Kogevinas adds that "they will have an impact on cancer prevention recommendations Currently this does not take into account the meal times. "
" The effect could be particularly important in cultures such as Southern Europe, where people eat late.
The results can be published online in the International Journal of Cancer.