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  • Disruption of our circadian rhythm ‘has a direct role in inducing accelerated aging’


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    Monday, December 13, 2010 1:01 pm Email this article
    Disruption of our natural circadian rhythm, called chronodisruption, "has a direct role in inducing accelerated aging," notes a recent paper by researchers at the University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain. Reduced Life Expectancy

    Disruptions in circadian rhythms lead to reduced life expectancy

    “For example, a 6-hour shift of the light–dark cycle every week induced a significant reduction in the lifespan of aged mice,” the paper notes.

    “... Similarly, chronic reversal of the light–dark cycle decreases the median lifespan in cardiomyophatic hamsters.

    “Therefore, it is generally believed that disruptions in circadian rhythms lead to reduced life expectancy, whereas their appropriate resetting leads to well-being and increased longevity,” they concluded.

    REFERENCE

    Garaulet M, Ordovas J, Madrid J. The chronobiology, etiology and pathophysiology of obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Jun 22, published on-line.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Dr M Garaulet
    Faculty of Biology, Department of Physiology
    University of Murcia, Faculty of Biology
    Campus of Espinardo
    Murcia 30100, Spain
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