If you’re a Type 2 diabetic and have a problem with high blood pressure at night, you might be able to control it by limiting your eating to to a specific window of time during each day. So suggests a study on mice at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted by Ming Gong, a professor in the UK Department of Physiology, and Zhenheng Guo, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences.
Blood pressure is normally low at night, but that doesn’t happen in some people with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, and is associated with heart and vascular disease.
The study found that imposing time-restricted feeding kept diabetic mice from developing the problem, and restored blood-pressure rhythm in mice that already had the problem.
“Researchers restricted the mice’s access to food to eight hours during their typical active awake times every day,” the UK release said. “When food availability was increased to 12 hours, the practice was still effective in preventing and treating nondipping blood pressure. Guo says this is evidence that the effects were caused by the timing of feeding and not calorie restriction.”