Heart Health Update: It’s Not Just What You Eat But When
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Are we eating to live with what we eat? Or, are we putting ourselves at risk of heart attacks with when we eat? Although it’s common knowledge that the nutritional value of what we eat is a leading cause for heart disease, could it be true that even if you ate all the right things that you still may be at risk for having a heart attack?
Many of us have already made a run for the nutrition hills in pursuit of a heart healthy life. We’ve gone as far as changing grandma’s secret Sunday dinner recipes to eat healthier, increasing our activity levels, losing weight, better managing our blood pressure and exchanging sugary drinks for bottled water.
Kudos to these steps in the right direction, however, it ain’t over just yet. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health published by the American Heart Association is showing that it’s not just about what we eat but when we eat that may contribute to an increased risk for heart disease.
In a prospective study conducted over the course of 16 years, the eating times and patterns of 26,902 male health professionals were evaluated to determine if eating patterns played any role in the development of heart disease. All participants were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the beginning of the study and modest differences in diet, physical activity, smoking and other lifestyle factors were considered.