"The circadian clock is, in fact, a "collection" of biological clocks in the body, playing an important role in metabolism. These clocks regulate the individual's various biological rhythms in accordance with the 24-hour day-night cycle.
The researchers, led by Dr. Lora Hooper of UT Southwestern, noticed that the gut microbiome is able to "hack" into and influence the intestinal circadian clock, thus impacting how much fat, or lipids, is absorbed by and stored in the body.
"There is accumulating evidence," explains lead study author Yuhao Wang, a UT Southwestern graduate student, "that certain bacteria that live in our gut might predispose us to gain weight, especially when we consume a high-fat, high-sugar 'Western-style' diet.""
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