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Potential Role for the Gut Microbiota in Modulating Host Circadian Rhythms and Metabolic Health

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 7 February 2019


Shanthi G. Parkar
Andries Kalsbeek
James F. Cheeseman

Year of Publication



Microorganisms, Vol 7(2)

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Journal article (peer reviewed)

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This article examines evidence of the effect of lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise, etc.) on circadian systems and gut microbial ecology. Results point to correlations of sleeplessness and obesity amongst other outcomes. "There are many lifestyle features in the modern society that may contribute to the current epidemic of metabolic health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. These features include, high fat/high sugar convenience foods and poor sleep due to modern-day stressors such as long working hours, multi-time-zone travel, and little exposure to daylight. All these lifestyle factors not only impact and disturb the circadian timing system, but also influence the make-up of our gut microbiome."

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