UC Irvine scientists have recently found that a diet high in fat affectsthe molecular mechanism which controls the body’s internal clock that helpsregulate metabolic functions and circadian rhythm. A disruption in either of these rhythms cancontribute to metabolic distress, diabetes, high blood pressure and evendiabetes.
The study highlighted the importance of maintaining a low-fat, highlynutritious diet not only to lose or control weight, but also to maintainregular circadian rhythms. Fortunately,the study also found that switching or returning to a more nutritious dietallowed the body to reset these mechanisms and move back toward a healthiercircadian cycle.
Circadian rhythms are in charge of monitoring physiological functions inall organisms. The clocks are trackingsystems that allow the body to anticipate environmental changes and alterthemselves to appropriate activities for a specific time of day. Changes or disruptions in these rhythms havea profound effect on a person’s health. In fact, up to 15 percent of a person’s genes are regulated by theday-night pattern of their circadian rhythm.
Scientists involved in the study did mention that while resettingcircadian rhythms can help improve liver function and contribute to betterhealth, it’s not a sole solution. Thisreprogramming is completely independent obesity levels, and is solely dependenton caloric intake. This shows a remarkableadaptability of the body to change depending on what a person eats, and remindsus all of how much nutrition can affect our health.
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