Can an Early Dinner Help Prevent Disease?

Playing Drs. Rx: Will Eating Dinner Early Cut Your Cancer Risk?

Could a key to disease prevention be when you eat dinner?

The Doctors discuss research that suggests eating an early dinner was associated with a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. The study found those who had dinner earlier in the evening had lower rates of the disease when compared to those who ate later in the night and stayed up later.

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The research found having a long period between your last meal and sleeping was associated with a lower risk of both of these types of cancer. According to the study, those who waited at least 2 hours after eating before going to bed lowered their risk by 25 percent. Researchers believe that a disruption in the body's circadian rhythm -- the body's internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle -- can lead to a breakdown in how the body's immune system operates, which can lead to higher rates of disease.

ER physician expert Dr. Travis Stork shares that he tries to keep a consistent schedule of eating and sleep and aims to eat early and get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

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In more news about how food can be your medicine, The Doctors share how eating blueberries may also slow the progression of certain types of cancer due to an antioxidant found in the fruit. Find out simple ways you can add this tasty berry to your daily diet in the video above!

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