Once you’ve overcome breast cancer treatment, have been found cancer-free, and are now a survivor of this disease, one of the biggest fears that still lingers after everything you’ve been through is that of cancer recurrence. However, new research shows that there is a way to prevent your risk of breast cancer recurrence by limiting food intake in the evening and overnight.
Medscape reported on the study, which followed a total of 2,400 women who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The researchers found that women who had fasted for less than 13 hours per night had a 36 percent higher chance of contracting breast cancer again as compared to the cancer survivors who had fasted for more than 13 hours per night.
“Prolonging the overnight fasting interval may be a simple, nonpharmacological strategy for reducing a person’s risk of breast cancer recurrence and even other cancers,” first author Catherine Marinac, a doctoral candidate at Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), said in a public statement.
“Previous research has focused on what to eat for cancer prevention, but when we eat may also matter, because it appears to affect metabolic health.”
Those who fasted for fewer hours each night also suffered from lack of sleep and ended up with larger amounts of glycated hemoglobin. With many women searching for ways to prevent breast cancer and cancer recurrence, these type of studies aimed at dietary guidelines could be vital in our quest to remain healthy.
“To our knowledge, this is the first paper examining nightly fasting and breast cancer prognosis in humans,” Senior Author Ruth E. Patterson, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, told the news source. “Therefore, the data are not mature enough to make clinical or public health recommendations.”
The study was published in JAMA Oncology last week and outlines how nightly fasting relates to metabolic function, weight loss or body mass index outcomes, and sleep duration or circadian rhythm.
“Positive metabolic changes associated with intermittent fasting regimens include improved glucoregulation,” the researchers wrote in the study. “In this WHEL study cohort, longer nightly fasting duration and more frequent eating were associated with a significantly lower HbA1c level, consistent with a previous analysis of 2212 women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. As noted in the American Diabetes Association/American Cancer Society consensus report on diabetes and cancer risk, there may be a subset of tumors for which hyperglycemia confers a growth advantage. Several studies have reported associations between diabetes and/or hyperglycemia and breast cancer prognosis.”
“Many trials of intermittent fasting in humans have demonstrated that fasting regimens lead to modest weight loss. However, we found no connection between nightly fasting and BMI, suggesting that the positive effects of prolonged nightly fasting on HbA1c and breast cancer prognosis may be independent of BMI.”
“Finally, prolonged nightly fasting and more frequent eating were associated with significantly longer sleep duration in our study. Consuming food at abnormal times (eg, late at night) can result in misalignment of circadian rhythms, which can influence sleep patterns and disrupt metabolic factors, such as glucoregulation. Notably, circadian misalignment has been linked to increased risk of many cancers, as evidenced by the well-documented association between shift work and increased risk of breast cancer.”
While doing healthy behaviors and attempting to prevent cancer recurrence is admirable, medical research and new innovations such as cancer vaccines could be the answer that everyone has been searching for.
For example, a florida-based company called TapImmune Inc.Is partnering with the Mayo Clinic in order to conduct research on 2 sex scenes that could prevent breast, ovarian, and lung cancers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In addition to this new development, the preventive breast cancer vaccine from the Cleveland Clinic needs our support. It has been shown to be 100 percent effective in animal models and could be the cure we’ve all been waiting for – a pure cure that could keep the disease from affecting women completely. A vaccine that could cure the world of breast cancer.