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A life disrupted by night work, long plane journeys or late nights could have impacts on health.
HUG and University of Geneva researchers studied the rhythm of alpha and beta pancreatic cells. These two hormones, which are responsible for the production of insulin and glucagon, regulate the blood glucose level.
If they are relatively synchronous, they set the right tempo for hormonal secretion and optimize metabolic functions, anticipating rest-activity and fasting-eating cycles. Their disruption encourages the occurrence of diabetes.