Consuming calories later in the day is linked to obesity and diabetes. Recently, researchers looked at if eating a late dinner affects the way food is handled by the body at night. Healthy volunteers ate dinner either at 10 PM or 6 PM. Afterwards, all participants slept from 11 PM until the next morning. Those who ate late dinners (at 10 PM) experienced higher blood sugar and fat levels as well as a stress hormone called cortisol. The researchers suggest that eating dinner very late at night on a regular basis could predispose someone to excess weight gain and even type 2 diabetes. Eating a late meal occasionally is probably OK.
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