Late­night snack­ing ups risk of di­a­betes

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If you en­joy late night snack­ing, you have a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes and var­i­ous heart dis­eases, says a new re­search. Late night eat­ing habits dis­rupt the work­ing of the body’s bi­o­log­i­cal clock. It is out of sync with the 24-hour cy­cle, re­sult­ing in high blood fat lev­els and heart prob­lems, the re­searchers found. Pre­vi­ous re­search has said that mid­night snack­ing can af­fect your skin and your heart health.

“The fact that we can ig­nore our bi­o­log­i­cal clock is im­por­tant for sur­vival. We can de­cide to sleep dur­ing the day when we are ex­tremely tired or we run away from dan­ger at night,” said Ruud Buijs, Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Mex­ico in Mex­ico City, Mex­ico. “How­ever, do­ing this fre­quently — with shift work, jet lag, or stay­ing up late at night — will harm our health in the long-term, es­pe­cially when we eat at times when we should sleep,” Buijs added. The re­searchers stud­ied rats who were sub­jected to a chal­lenge. They were fed dur­ing the be­gin­ning of rest phase (day) and the be­gin­ning of ac­tive phase (night). The re­sults showed that after feed­ing the rats at the be­gin­ning of their rest pe­riod, the level of blood fat spiked more dras­ti­cally than when fed dur­ing the be­gin­ning of their ac­tive phase.

The re­search, pub­lished in the jour­nal Ex­per­i­men­tal Physiology, re­vealed no change in the blood fat lev­els when the re­searchers re­moved the part of the rat’s brain that con­trols the 24-hour cy­cle. It was ev­i­dent that the pres­ence of blood fat in high lev­els not only af­fected the me­tab­o­lism rate but also in­creased the chance of var­i­ous heart dis­eases and di­a­betes.

PRE­VI­OUS RE­SEARCH HAS SAID THAT MID­NIGHT SNACK­ING CAN AF­FECT YOUR SKIN AND YOUR HEART HEALTH.

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