For diabetic people, why is nighttime not the right time for eating?

Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

You should not be doing any heavy eating after dark unless you work the graveyard shift. Sleep time is when your body does repair work. When you eat a lot before going to sleep, instead of your body doing that work, it is forced to do digestive work. Unless you have an amazing metabolism, late-night eating will cause you to gain weight. When you eat dinner in the early evening, you are bound to work off some of the calories just from cleaning up the kitchen, picking up the house, and getting ready for tomorrow. When you eat heavy late at night and then go to sleep, there’s no burning of calories. Rolling over in bed is not exercise.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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