Time limits for eating are good for shift workers – BBC News Thai

9 hours ago

by Philippa Rockby

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Firefighters are advised to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and fish.

Researchers aim to limit the amount of time you eat each day. It can have a positive effect on the health of employees who work shifts

It is well known that working time patterns can damage our body’s life clock. as well as making it more vulnerable to disease

A study found that Firefighters who work round-the-clock shifts can lower bad cholesterol (liquid fats) and lower blood pressure. By setting meal times within 10 hours, and those with pre-existing health conditions will benefit the most.

Parents who care for infants and health workers who work night shifts can also benefit from limiting mealtimes, researchers added.

“Many people eat all the time until bedtime. The body doesn’t want it, ”said Pam Tabb, co-author of the research and professor at the Faculty of Medicine. University of California, San Diego said, adding that our bodies need rest periods for cells to repair and rejuvenate our bodies more efficiently.

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Night shift nurses can benefit from setting meal times.

Half of the firefighters ate food within 10 hours from 9:00 to 19:00, without skipping meals. while the other half did not change their normal routine. and ate food over a period of about 14 hours.

Both groups of firefighters were advised to follow a Mediterranean diet. which focuses on fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and olive oil. which is known to be good for health

Overweight firefighters are included in this research work. or have health problems such as high blood pressure high cholesterol or even type 2 diabetes

The results of this research found that the health of the group that ate clearly over time was better than the other group. and tests showed that blood pressure, blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels improved by framing meal intervals. Then skip meals for the rest of the shift.

Even healthy and risk-free firefighters also achieve a better quality of life and reduce the number of bad cholesterol by eating within a set period of time.

Studies have shown no decrease in energy levels or other side effects.

disturbed sleep

‘The temporal diet has shown us that it benefits shift workers such as firefighters by helping to improve cardiovascular health and improve their quality of life,’ said Professor Tabb.

shift workers This represents more than a quarter of the people working in many countries. There is an increased risk of heart disease. Type 2 diabetes and cancer. This is because the body’s natural circadian rhythms are often disrupted by waking up in the middle of the night and sleeping during the day.

Prof Thabb added that shift workers were often neglected in the past. has not participated in clinical trials And little is understood about how to improve their well-being.

Dr Linia Patel, nutritionist and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, says anyone can try their diet for a limited time. and see if it works for myself or not.

“Just like one-size-fits-all clothing isn’t for everyone. Shift work is a very difficult job. Finding the best time to skip meals for yourself is key, “she says.

However, there were some limitations in this study, as most of the study participants were male. and was analyzed with only one shift. But the research team said limited nutrition should also be tested among shift workers in other types of work.

“This study should be extended to a larger population. This includes health care workers such as nurses and others who have different wake and sleep periods that are not typical for workers, ‘said Professor Thabb.

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