If you were told you could reduce your cancer risk by lowering your glucose levels by simply not eating past 7PM, would you be willing and able to fast that long? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center have found that increasing the duration of overnight fasting could be a novel strategy to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Lead author Catherine Marinac says theyâ€™re planning to look more into the feasibility and effectiveness.
"Weâ€™re hoping to do a larger, randomized trial. And we have done a number of pilot studies just to look at the feasibility in broad populations of women. So, weâ€™ve shown that itâ€™s generally easy and feasible for women to achieve at least a twelve to fourteen-hour fast."
But Marinac adds there may be a behavioral response.
"Attempting to achieve a long overnight fast, say stopping eating at 7PM, that may force people to go to bed earlier or initiate the behavior change process."
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