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Friday, 24 May 2024 2.54 AM IST

Serious health issue risk for regular night shift workers, study report out


Night shift work has become common today. The IT sector, media houses, healthcare sector and many other places are active at night as well as during the day. However, according to a new report, this kind of night shift work can lead to many health problems. The study was conducted by researchers at Washington State University in the US. They say that working awake for three nights in a row will destroy your health.

Diabetes and obesity await them. The study report has been published in the Journal of Proteome Research. The study looked at how the brain's biological clock regulates our body's rhythms by synchronizing with the day and night cycles. When this delicate balance is disrupted by night shifts, it disrupts various physiological functions, particularly a network related to blood glucose regulation and energy metabolism.

One of the lead researchers, Professor Hans van Dongen, found that three consecutive night shifts are enough to disrupt the body's protein rhythms, leading to long-term health consequences. Through blood samples, the team of researchers identified key proteins associated with the body's immune system and glucose regulation.

Researchers found that night shift workers had completely altered glucose levels. Not only does this affect blood sugar levels, but it also greatly affects processes critical to insulin production and sensitivity, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes. It also increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, especially in those who work regularly during night hours.

Research recommends preventive measures to be taken to mitigate health risks associated with late night shifts. They are...

  1. Implement regular intervals.
  2. Choose healthy eating habits.
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet.
  5. Practice yoga, meditation etc.
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