Timing of eating

Adults who ate their first meal before 8:30 a.m. each day had lower insulin resistance compared with those who started eating after 8:30 a.m., independent of eating interval duration.

“The timing of eating is also an important consideration in addition to the duration of eating,”

“Our internal biological clocks that control rhythms related to metabolic health play a vital role at the intersection of nutrition and lifestyle that impact metabolic health. Timing of eating was associated with metabolic measures, including insulin resistance, and is a potential area for intervention to combat the increase in metabolic disorders like diabetes.”

Analyzed data from two nonconsecutive dietary recalls from 10,575 adults aged 18 years and older who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey over four cycles from 2005 to 2012. Data on fasting glucose and insulin levels were obtained. Eating interval duration was defined as the time between the first and last eating occasion. Participants were divided into three groups based on eating duration: less than 10 hours, 10 to 13 hours, and more than 13 hours. These groups were divided further into six subgroups based on whether participants began eating before or after 8:30 a.m.

There was no significant difference in fasting glucose among the three eating duration groups.

When participants were grouped based on both eating interval duration and timing, those who began eating before 8:30 a.m. had a lower mean HOMA-IR than those who started eating after 8:30 a.m. in all three eating interval duration subgroups. A similar pattern was observed with adjusted mean fasting glucose, with participants who began eating before 8:30 a.m. having lower values than those who started eating after 8:30 a.m. in all three eating interval duration subgroups.

Early eating would be beneficial, but the time of eating was more strongly associated with insulin resistance than duration.

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Timing of eating
Adults who ate their first meal before 8:30 a.m. each day had lower insulin resistance compared with those who started eating after 8:30 a.m., independent of eating interval duration.

Ali Achira MD

Dr. Ali Achira Dr. Ali Achira, MD is an endocrinologist in Dearborn and in Taylor, Michigan. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Michigan. He is affiliated with DMC Harper University Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Board certified in Endocrinology & Diabetes, and board certified in Obesity medicine. He manages Diabetes, Thyroid, osteoporosis, Obesity and other endocrinology disorders.