(NaturalPath) According to a study published in JAMA Oncology, fasting during sleep for more than 13 hours a night may offer protection against recurrence of illness among women with early stage breast cancer. Since breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among women in developing countries and the second most common cause of cancer death in developed countries, it’s a serious issue.

While there are many benefits to a healthy diet on breast cancer outcomes, timing also matters.

The researchers looked at a previous Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study from 1995-2007 and after analyzing the data, found that, women who fasted for less than 13 hours a night had a 36 percent higher risk for breast cancer recurrence, compared with those who fasted for 13 or more hours.

Interestingly, no link emerged between shorter fasting time and death from breast cancer or mortality from any other cause.


raziRazi Berry, Founder and Publisher of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review (ndnr.com) and NaturalPath (thenatpath.com), has spent the last decade as a natural medicine advocate and marketing whiz. She has galvanized and supported the naturopathic community, bringing a higher quality of healthcare to millions of North Americans through her publications. A self-proclaimed health-food junkie and mother of two; she loves all things nature, is obsessed with organic gardening, growing fruit trees (not easy in Phoenix), laughing until she snorts, and homeschooling. She is a little bit crunchy and yes, that is her real name.

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