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How does eating at night affect health?

Dr. Irina Perignaya, gastroenterologist, Russian nutritionist, explained why giving up dinner and excessive eating before bed is harmful.   In an interview with Radio Sputnik, the specialist points out that some get used to having late dinners and just before bedtime, others give up eating them. But both are harmful to health.



 Dr. Irina Perignaya, gastroenterologist, Russian nutritionist, explained why giving up dinner and excessive eating before bed is harmful.


In an interview with Radio Sputnik, the specialist points out that some get used to having late dinners and just before bedtime, others give up eating them. But both are harmful to health.



  • She says, "Eating late is very harmful, especially if it is just before bed.
  • Because a person lays down horizontally and his stomach is filled with a large amount of food, which causes some of them to bounce back to the oesophagus causing heartburn.
  • Stomach stagnation and bacterial proliferation, which in turn can cause bacterial hyperdevelopment syndrome.


In addition, there is an imbalance in digestion, where in the morning a person feels discomfort, abdominal pain and an irritating burp. "


She adds, late dinner adversely affects not only digestion, but also the liver.


She says, "After late dinner, all members work poorly. When a person sleeps, his energy needs vary completely. As a result, overeating before going to bed, can lead to lubrication of the liver (fatty liver), which occurs even in thin people in case of poor nutrition. "


The expert points out that giving up dinner can lead to negative consequences for the body.


  1. She says, "Many try to have dinner until 6 p.m. and then not eat until the morning.
  2. This system can have positive aspects. However
  3. If the body is not accustomed to this pattern, it can cause irreparable health damage.
  4. Because then Catabolism increases sharply, and the basal acid balance is imbalanced. "


Having dinner after 7 p.m. exposes you to a heart attack


A recent study found that having dinner after 7 p.m. increases the risk of heart attack.


  • Researchers presented this first study of its kind in the field of linking dinner time to heart attack
  • Through the European Society of Cardiology Conference
  • More than 700 people ranging in age from 18 to 65 were involved in the study and had high blood pressure.


Researchers studied the impact of dinner time on the heart health of study participants, as well as the types of food handled and the level of salt consumed.


The results of the study indicate that eating dinner late in the evening


It affects the level of blood pressure in the night hours. Researchers were also shocked that the effect of having dinner about two hours before going to sleep was worse for participants than eating large amounts of salt.


There are also specific types of foods that should not be eaten especially before bedtime. According to this study, a healthy diet includes breakfast and lunch along with a light dinner before 7 p.m.



40% of hypotension cases occur during night hours, raising the risk of heart attack.


  • Participants who dined late at night suffered from later hypertension.
  • They were more likely to have a heart attack.
  • Researchers confirmed that the human body usually prepares for the sleep phase, but not in the event of a late dinner.


The body stays alert just as in the daylight hours. Previous studies have linked late-night dinners to high risk of obesity to insulin resistance, and thus type 2 diabetes.