A recent study tested whether limiting late-night eating can keep a lid on blood sugar.

Researchers assigned eight healthy young men to eat (in random order) the same meals either early in the day (8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.) or late in the day (12 p.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m.).

After eight days, average blood sugar levels (the men wore a continuous glucose monitor) were higher (by 8 milligrams per deciliter) in those who ate late in the day. Blood sugar levels during sleep were also higher (by 11 mg/dL).

What to do

Limit late-night meals when possible. It’s not clear if they raise blood sugar because people are inactive so soon after eating (since they’re asleep) or because late eating is out of whack with our circadian rhythms.

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