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They said every additional 20 calories (based on a 2,000-calorie daily diet) eaten after 6 p.m. was linked with higher fasting glucose, insulin and insulin resistance, which can all lead to diabetes. However, they did note there was no apparent connection between nighttime eating and obesity.
"There is increasing evidence that when we eat is important, in addition to what we eat and how much we eat," lead author Nour Makarem said in a statement. "In our study we show that if you eat most of your calories before 6 p.m., you may have better cardiovascular health. Your meal timing matters and eating earlier in the day may be an important strategy to help lower the risk for heart disease."
The scientists said this is the first study of its kind and they hope to administer future investigations that will explore the long-term effects of meal times.
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