Poor Biological Clock can Lead to Diabetes

Mon, 20 Sep 2010
San Diego biologists have found that mammals' biological clocks are associated with the development of obesity and diabetes .

In addition, it raises the likelihood that the increase in diabetes could be due to a result of disturbances in sleep-wake cycles from our increasingly busy lifestyles.

The study found that mice with good biological clocks are less likely to develop diabetes and obesity. Moreover, the mice which had developed diabetes and obesity tended not to have very good biological clocks.

The researchers found that a specific biological clock protein, cryptochrome, is in fact regulating how the hormone which regulates glucose production in the liver works.

Furthermore, the study suggests that this is the reason why shift workers, whose biological clocks are frequently quite poor, have an additional risk of becoming obese and insulin resistant.

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