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Getting your body’s clocks to run on time

Researchers are working to understand how out-of-whack body rhythms could be behind some common diseases

Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir once declared, “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” While she was referring to peace with Arab nations, scientists have been working to understand the mechanisms of our body’s own internal clocks, called circadian rhythms, in an effort to control any malfunctions that could be contributing to the rise in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions.

Last month, a finding from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the University of Murcia in Spain determined that dieters who ate their largest meal earlier in the day lost 25 percent more weight than those who consumed it later in the day — likely due to the timed fluctuations in the body’s metabolic rate and in hormones responsible for storing energy as fat.

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