“This study sheds new light on how eating a late dinner worsens glucose tolerance and reduces the amount of fat burned,” study author Jonathan C. Jun, M.D. said in a news release. He also added that the effects may vary between people depending on their usual bedtime.
Eating a late-night meal on occasion may be OK for some people. If the habit is chronic, however, it could result in diabetes or obesity, Jun explains. People who already have diabetes or obesity may be even more vulnerable to the effects.
“The effects we have seen in healthy volunteers might be more pronounced in people with obesity or diabetes, who already have a compromised metabolism,” author Chenjuan Gu, M.D., Ph.D. said.