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Night-eating syndrome 'is real', study suggests

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Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2014 07:10 PM by AlexMuller

Night-eating syndrome may appear when the genes that synchronise eating patterns with sleep are faulty, research on mice concluded. This alters meal times, leading to over-eating and weight gain. About 1-2% of people have the condition. Signs include waking in the night and being unable to go back to sleep without eating.

 
The syndrome has recently been classified as an eating disorder, but the cause is unknown. The food consumed is often unhealthy and high in calories, leading to weight gain and sometimes obesity. The study, published in Cell Reports, looked at mice bred with a human version of a body-clock gene in place of the mouse one.
 
When the gene was silenced, the mice ate much earlier than normal ones, when they should have been asleep. Mutations in a related body-clock gene - implicated in sleep disorders - led to the mice sleeping more. The researchers think the genes work together to keep eating and sleeping synchronised.
 
A fault in either gene causes disruption in sleeping and eating patterns. "For a long time, people discounted night-eating syndrome as not real," said lead researcher Satchidananda Panda, of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, US.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-24
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I am sure that there is a genetic background to many eating and sleeping disorders, however, habits and lifestyle play important part and must be considered. Otherwise, people will just blame their genes and do what they like - wrong! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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Ahora, a este señor (Sebastián Lía), solo le queda "colgar los guantes". Por lo menos, en Chile. ¿Quién le va creer ahora, después de existir este impresionante artículo? Por aquí, lon&e60;r1alme#te impresionante es el poder de análisis Daniel.Bayo Reply


 

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