A new study has confirmed a long held belief: altering the circadian clock adversely affects our body’s response to diet. This latest scientific affirmation has come in a report published by the famed Baylor College of Medicine in an online edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
A team of researchers from Baylor arrived at this conclusion based on changes that were evident in the digestive tract of mice whose circadian clock they had altered. Not only did these ‘engineered’ mice respond differently to diet, the microbes in their digestive tract too exhibited unusual behaviour.
“Organisms can change how their bodies process food in different ways,” said first author Dr. Derek O’Neil, a postdoctoral fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor. “Here, we studied two of those strategies. One involves the circadian clock, the internal mechanism that helps orchestrate body activities such as going to sleep or when to eat. Another aspect that can affect how we metabolize our food is the microbiome, the bacteria that live in the body.”