TIP OF THE WEEK

Eating late is bad for you

If your mom always told you eating a big meal right before bedtime was bad for you, she might have been on to something.

Eating late at night could cause weight gain, boost insulin and cholesterol levels, make it harder to metabolize fat, and increase risks of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems, according to recent research by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Researchers tested nine healthy-weight people over 16 weeks. For 8 weeks, they ate three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., and after a 2-week break, ate the same amount between noon and 11 p.m. for another 8 weeks.

Researchers found that eating earlier in the day resulted in people better metabolizing what they ate and staying satisfied longer. When they ate later, weight increased, metabolism slowed, and other health factors like insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels worsened.

MEN’S HEALTH

Guys: Is your good health a perception or reality?

When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition.

Fortunately, taking a more proactive approach to health care is easier than most men think. A visit to your family physician is the first step toward taking charge of your health and identifying any health issues, according to familydoctor.org. Your family physician will help you learn about any chronic conditions you might have and how to treat them.

SUMMER SAFETY

Don’t mix alcohol with water fun

Water sports and summer fun may go together perfectly, but be wary of mixing both with alcohol. Up to 70 percent of all fatalities that occur during water recreation also involve alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports.

Swimmers impaired by alcohol may venture into deep water, develop hypothermia, collide with water vehicles or dive into shallow waters, the NIAAA warns. Boaters could lose their way or make poor and dangerous decisions while piloting a vessel, and passengers could slip and fall on boat decks.

Heat and alcohol consumption can also lead to dehydration; heat makes you lose fluid through sweat, while drinking increases urination, the institute says. To avoid dehydration, make every other drink at a party a non-alcoholic one. Avoid drinking alcohol while piloting a boat or other watercraft, driving a car or swimming, the NIAAA advises.

SKIN CANCER

Protect skin from UV exposure at the nail salon

Whether you’re getting your nails done for that special summer event or just because you deserve some you time, you might want to take steps to protect your fingers from an unexpected salon risk — UV exposure.

Many nail salons use special lamps to help dry manicures, especially gel manicures, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Both UV lamps and LED lamps emit some UVA rays, the type of UV most linked to skin cancer and premature aging.

However, the foundation says, the amount presents only a moderate risk. To be safe, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to hands 20 minutes before going under the lamp, and allow nails to air dry whenever possible.

— Brandpoint