A new study from the University of Utah reports that consuming foods with high-iron content at night can mess up the biological mechanism that regulates sleep and eating.
The finding is relevant, especially for graveyard shift workers, who are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and obesity because of disrupted circadian clocks.
According to the study, under normal sleeping patterns, iron helps the liver optimize levels of blood glucose. But in shift work, when circadian rhythms are messed up, an intake of iron can abnormalize glucose production and interfere with the body’s metabolism.
The authors of the study admit additional research is needed to determine whether and to what extent the results impact dietary practices, especially of shift employees.
The study was published in the journal, Diabetes. Read the press release for more information.