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Obesity has been linked to a number of health concerns, with the latest research from the University of California in San Diego suggesting it could contribute to tumour growth.
The team looking into the connection between postmenopausal overweight women and breast cancer have also been investigating strategies to prevent tumour growth.
Instead of concentrating on what individuals eat, they are looking at the benefits of timing meals differently.
Eating all daily meals within a specific timeframe is something that has been explored recently by some dieters and been met with a certain amount of success.
Now, the scientists have found that it could help to prevent tumour growth in a demographic particularly susceptible to breast cancer.
Dr Manasi Das, lead researcher on the study, said: "Improving the metabolic health of postmenopausal women with obesity may mitigate their risk for breast cancer."
He added that he thought the time-restriction approach was so successful as it significantly lowered the levels of insulin, adding to the anti-tumour effect.
Among the benefits of this approach, as opposed to counting calories, is that many dieters find it easier to stick to.
When trying to diet in the traditional manner, many people are left feeling hungry and irritable, but simply stopping eating after 8pm is easier to achieve.
Dr Das summarised: "Exploring the ability of time-restricted eating to prevent breast cancer could provide an inexpensive but effective strategy to prevent cancer impacting a wide range of patients and represents a groundbreaking advance in breast cancer research."
Time-restricted eating means all meals should be consumed within an eight-hour window and for the best results, this should be when the individual is most active.
Written by Martin Lambert
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