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How Nighttime Fasting Impacts Breast Can…cer risk

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Women who are midnight snackers may want to listen up: a University of California, San Diego study has found that overnight fasting may reduce breast cancer risk. Catherine Marinac, a doctoral candidate at the Moores Cancer Center says their study measured women who fasted a little over twelve hours a night.

"We found that in general, women who fasted for longer nighttime intervals had better blood- sugar control and the effects were independent of how many calories women ate, what their body composition was, their BMI, their age and other factors that we think might influence that association."

While Marinac says larger studies are necessary, these findings do correlate with previous research with animal models – and the message she says, is a simple one.

"We think that a long nighttime fasting interval is a simple, feasible and effective strategy that could reach broad populations of women."

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