September 10, 2012 - Obesity may be linked to our body clocks. A new paper suggests shiftwork, artificial light and a 24-hour lifestyle have thrown off our natural rhythmns, which regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen say this could lead to a disrupted metabolism, weight gain and diabetes. While some disruption is inevitable, doctors recommend people keep regular meal times, get plenty of daylight, and uninterrupted night-time sleep.
Also, a new study finds eating moderate amounts of chocolate may lower the risk of stroke in men. Researchers followed the eating habits of more than 37-thousand men in Sweden for about 10 years. Those who ate the most chocolate, about two-point-two ounces a week, had a 17-percent lower risk of stroke over those years than those who ate little or no chocolate. Researchers pooled their data and found similar results for men and women in four previous studies. While the Swedish study did not look at the type of chocolate eaten, it notes that 90-percent of chocolate consumed in Sweden is milk chocolate.The study was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
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