Delayed meal times increases cardiovascular disease risk

Delayed meal times increases cardiovascular disease risk

I’ve spoken about this in the past: it turns out that WHEN we eat is an important factor associated with our health; particularly cardiovascular disease risk.

A recent study published in Nature Communications evaluated meal times of 103,000 participants (most in middle-age) and followed them over more than 7 years to assess overall cardiovascular disease risk (CVD: including heart attack, stroke, angina, and stent placement).

~ Delaying meal times in the morning was associated with higher overall CVD risk.

~ Eating late was also associated with increased risk; with last meal after 9pm associated with 28% higher risk than last meal before 8pm.

~ Each hour of increased overnight fasting was associated with a 7% lower risk of stroke (but not of overall CVD risk).

~ Number of meals in a day had no association with CVD.


Many of my patients like to incorporate some intermittent fasting. It seems pertinent to start your eating interval ealier in the day and start your fasting interval earlier in the evening!

I have many patients who skip breakfast but eat late into the night; that also seems like a bad bet!

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).