Circadian Rhythm Disruption May Contribute to Inflammatory Diseases

May 22, 2014 7:37 PM

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Circadian Rhythm Disruption May Contribute to Inflammatory Diseases

A disruption of circadian rhythms, when combined with a high-fat, high-sugar diet, may contribute to inflammatory bowel disease and other harmful conditions, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The study is online at the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, PLOS ONE.

“Circadian rhythms, which impose a 24-hour cycle on our bodies, are different from sleep patterns,” says Robin M. Voigt, PhD, assistant professor at Rush Medical College and first author, in a release. “Sleep is a consequence of circadian rhythms.”

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