Eating meals within a consistent window of time may help reduce a person’s risk of heart disease or diabetes, according to a new review published in Endocrine Reviews.
The strategy is based on a type of intermittent fasting known as time-restricted eating or “TRE,” which limits food intake to a certain number of hours each day. The interval is typically 8 to 10 hours. TRE is used, among other things, to help people lose weight and improve their overall health. One of the study authors said:
“TRE is an easy-to-follow and effective dietary strategy that requires less mental math than counting calories. Intermittent fasting can improve sleep and a person’s quality of life as well as reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.”
Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D., of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA
The researchers examined the science behind TRE, noting that genes, hormones, and metabolism rise and fall at different times during a 24-hour day.
Coordinating daily eating habits with the body’s internal clock may optimize health and reduce the risk or disease burden of chronic conditions including diabetes, heart, and liver disease, the team wrote.
The authors added, “Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle that anyone can adopt, and it lets everyone live a healthy life.”
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