Diabetes warning: Eating at THIS time of day dramatically increases risk of condition

Snacking late at night could cause fat levels to spike in our blood, scientists from Mexico City.

A study in rats found eating at the beginning of their ‘rest period’ - bedtime - caused the amount of fat in their blood to drastically rise.

When they were fed the same food during their ‘active period’ - daytime - the amount of fat found in their blood wasn’t as high.

Humans that either have jet lag or work night shifts could be damaging their health in the long-term, said the study’s author Ruud Buijs.

“The fact that we can ignore our biological clock is important for survival,” said Buijs.

“We can decide to sleep during the day when we are extremely tired or we run away from danger at night.

“However, doing this frequently - with shift work, jet lag, or staying up late at night - will harm our health in the long-term especially when we eat at times when we should sleep.”

High blood fat levels increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Both of the conditions are linked to a lifestyle where humans ignore their biological cycle - their body clock - the researchers said.

A lifestyle out of sync with our 24-hour clock cycle could increase the risk of developing heart conditions, they added.

Meanwhile, it was revealed in August that snacking late at night could increase the risk of skin cancer.

Eating at odd times of the day disrupts the skin’s biological clock, and impacts the effectiveness of enzymes which protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, it was claimed.

Diabetes symptoms include feeling very thirsty, very tired, and urinating more than usual.

There are two main types of the condition - type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the cells which make insulin.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin.

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