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Late night eating attracts heart attack, stroke and diseases, study shows


Eating meal within two hours of bedtime put people in danger of heart attack and stroke. Heart experts revealed that blood pressure in a healthy person drops by at least 10 percent when they go to bed, but late night meal rather increase the body ‘high-alert’ when it should be winding down. Eating usually releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be relaxing, and this is one of the causes of heart-related death.

Dr. Ebru Özpelit, from Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey presented the result of the study saying: ‘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.’

Her study tracked 721 people who are diagnosed with high blood pressure, with an average age of 53. Those who ate about two hours of going to bed among the people retain high blood pressure overnight 2.8 times more.

Experts estimated 9.4 million people suffering hypertension in the UK, and 40 percent of them are non-dippers, this will make them risk major heart-relation diseases.

Dr. Özpelit stressed further: ‘It is more dangerous. If blood pressure doesn’t drop by more than 10 per cent this increases cardiovascular risk and these patients have more heart attacks, strokes and chronic disease. How we eat may be as important as what we eat.

‘Eating breakfast and lunch is important but dinner must not be later than seven o’clock in the evening. With the advent of affordable artificial lighting and industrialization, modern humans began to experience prolonged hours of illumination every day and resultant extended consumption of food.

‘Late night eating and skipping breakfast is such an erratic eating pattern which is becoming more prevalent day by day.’

Professor Peter Weissberg, a medical director from British Heart Foundation, explained further: ‘This research suggests that eating a meal late at night may contribute to the failure of their blood pressure to reduce. It is normal for blood pressure to reduce overnight, even in people with high blood pressure. However, in some their blood pressure remains elevated throughout the night putting them at potentially higher risk of future complications.’

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