April 28, 2015
PHILADELPHIA — Prolonged nighttime fasting may reduce glycemic markers that are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, according to study results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.
“This is one of the first studies to show a link between prolonged nightly fasting and breast cancer risk in a nationally representative sample of women,” Ruth E. Patterson, PhD, study researcher, professor of family medicine and public health and leader of the Cancer Prevention Program at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, told HemOnc Today. “Several small, laboratory-based studies of intermittent fasting suggest that this dietary pattern positively influences glucoregulatory function in humans, which would putatively reduce breast cancer risk. In addition, research has shown that women who work the night shift — which implies late-night eating — are at greater risk of developing breast cancer.”