If you have diabetes, don’t eating processed food at night

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In a recent study from Harbin Medical University, scientists found the time of day that people with diabetes eat certain foods may be just as important to their well-being as portion size and calories.

They found that eating less processed food at night may help people with diabetes live longer.

“Processed food” includes food that has been cooked, canned, frozen, packaged or changed in nutritional composition with fortifying, preserving or preparing in different ways. Any time we cook, bake or prepare food, we’re processing food.

In the study, the researchers analyzed data from 4,642 people with diabetes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine their risk of dying from heart disease.

They found people with diabetes who ate potatoes or starchy vegetables in the morning, whole grains in the afternoon, and dark vegetables such as greens and broccoli and milk in the evening were less likely to die from heart disease.

Healthy diet habits were associated with better long-term survival in people with diabetes.

Those who ate a lot of processed meat in the evening were more likely to die from heart disease.

The team suggests that mealtimes should be in line with the biological clock—a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats every 24 hours.

Health outcomes for people with diabetes may be improved if certain foods are eaten at different times of the day.

If you care about diabetes, please read studies about food that may help lower risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, and findings of the key to treating type 2 diabetes.

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The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and was conducted by Qingrao Song et al.

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