The circadian system is known to play a major role in regulating daily rhythms including feeding behavior, peripheral tissue metabolism, and hormone secretions. Therefore, a team of researchers from the University of Chicago recently investigated whether chronotype and daily caloric distribution are associated with glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes independently of sleep disturbances.
Say you're diabetic: Instead of having to inject yourself with insulin multiple times a day, imagine only having to do it once a week. Crazy, right? And instead of your syringe harboring glucose-regulating insulin, imagine it filled with nanoscopic particles you fire into your bloodstream - particles capable of detecting when your body's blood sugar levels rise and releasing insulin accordingly.