Imbalances in hormones can have numerous biological consequences and recent studies have linked such disruptions with increased cancer risks.
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Does the timing of exercise or physical activity affect the outcomes for your health? Anyone who cares about their fitness and has goals to become healthier must have asked this question and looked hard for an answer. If that includes you, heres what you should know - it all depends on your circadian rhythm.
Circadian rhythm and exercise timing
A new study published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that exercise performed at different times of the day may affect circadian rhythms. Such circadian disruptions can be linked to breast and prostate cancer. The study explains that circadian disruption occurs when the endogenous or internal circadian rhythms are not in sync with environmental and social stimuli such as light exposure, work hours, diet and physical activity patterns.
Exposure to artificial light from bulbs or blue light from devices at night, night shifts and irregular meal intake timings can interfere with the normal nocturnal hormone production, especially of hormones like melatonin ...