Eating dinner after 7pm increases heart attack risk
Eating meals late at night is putting millions of Britons at danger of suffering heart attacks, doctors have warned.
Having dinner within two hours of going to bed can leave the body on "high alert" and mean blood pressure does not fall properly overnight, increasing the risk to the heart.
Experts recommended that adults should eat ideally eat dinner before 7pm to allow the body time to wind down and rest, and warned that eating late can do more damage to the heart than having a diet high in salt, the Daily Telegraph reported. Cardiologists at a Turkish university studied more than 700 men and women with high blood pressure to establish what difference eating times and the consistency of their diet had on their health.
Eating dinner later was found to have the most significant impact on blood pressure during the night, with those doing so almost twice as likely to suffer from "non-dipper hypertension", when pressure fails to drop properly overnight.