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Nightly Fasting May Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer, Other Disabling Conditions

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Many as of yet undiscovered factors may contribute to a woman’s risk of breast cancer, and eating habits may be the latest focus of today’s studies. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego recently looked at the role night fasting plays in a woman’s risk of contracting the disease.

Using data from the 2,413 women registered in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study, all of whom had early stage breast cancer. Researchers assessed the times the participants ate on average from 1995 to 2007. They found that the average participant fasted for 12.5 hours every night, and that the risk of breast cancer recurrence was 36 percent higher in the women who fasted for less time than the average.

The study, published in JAMA Oncology, suggests that nightly fasting helps improve glycemic control and sleep health, both key components to overall health. Those who fasted for longer durations had significantly lower HbA1c levels and longer recorded sleep duration. Researchers believe that night fasting for more than 13 hours could have additional health benefits such as reducing Type 2 diabetes risk and improving cardiovascular health.

Further studies and randomized trials will be necessary before a definitive recommendation for night fasting can be made as a preventative method for breast cancer recurrence.

Breast Cancer and Other Conditions May Entitle You to Disability Benefits

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women across the globe and the second most common cause in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that doctors will diagnose more than 245,000 women with breast cancer in 2016 alone. If you can no longer earn a substantial income due to any form of cancer, the Disability Help Group can help you seek Social Security disability benefits.

Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates.