The Northwestern University School of Medicine has published research that shows a strong connection between weight loss and early morning sunlight. A study of 54 adults measured BMI for a week and used a special machine to find out the amount of sunlight each person was exposed to. It was found that those who experienced the most sunlight in the morning were the slimmest of the group, even after accounting for other things like eating habits and exercise. Scientists can’t say for sure why this is, but some suggest that it may be connected to healthier sleep patterns.
Sleeping disorder may lead to diabetes
New research shows that there may be a connection between sleep apnea and a high blood glucose level. European Sleep Apnea Cohort, a multinational group, performed a study of 5,294 people with different levels of sleep apnea. Those with the most severe cases of the condition had higher A1C levels than those with milder cases. The most severe cases had 5.5% A1C, much higher than the safe level of 4.09% for people without diabetes. Since high levels of A1C are connected with diabetes, heart disease and early death, scientists recommend that healthcare providers be aware of the risks connected to sleep apnea.
Can your job make you gain weight?
A recent study of over 15,000 working adults in America found that certain jobs and working conditions have a direct connection to obesity levels. It was found that those who worked more than 40 hours per week, or had reported being bullied or harassed at work, are more likely to be obese. Likewise, people who work in public administration, social service, engineering, health care, and social assistance are notably more likely to be obese. Scientists recommend that employers reduce long work hours and try to stop harassment in the workplace to prevent some the health issues related to obesity.