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A NEW study suggests that early to bed and early to rise really is the healthy option.

South Korean researchers recruited 1,620 men and women aged 47 to 59 and gave them a questionnaire to establish whether they were early birds or night owls.

The group turned out to contain 480 morning types, 95 night owls and 1,045 who fit into neither group.

The scientists measured all for glucose tolerance, body composition and waist size, and gathered information on other health and behaviour characteristics.

They found that compared with morning people, men who were night owls were significantly more likely to have diabetes.

Female night owls were more than twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome - high blood sugar levels, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal lipid readings.

Being early be goo|CHILDREN are at risk of malnutrition from unnecessarily strict diets because their parents have been fooled into thinking they suffer from an allergy, it has been claimed.

Home testing kits which are not backed by science were among the reasons being blamed for the over diagnosis and self diagnosis of allergies, according to newly published guide Making Sense of Allergies.

Food intolerances and some difficult-to-diagnose conditions have also been confused with allergies, says the guide by Sense About Science, which draws on information from allergy specialists and charities.

The guide says there is also over diagnosis caused by doctors relying on or misinterpreting limited tests.

It notes a study of 969 children on the Isle of Wight found 34 per cent of parents reported food allergies in their children but only 5 per cent were found to have an allergy.

THERE is no evidence that mothers who eat the placenta after giving birth receive any health benefit, research has found.

A review of 10 studies on placentophagy in humans and other mammals did not find any scientific evidence to back up claims that eating the placenta either raw, cooked or encapsulated offers protection against post-natal depression.

Neither was it found to help with other issues such as post-delivery pain and lactation, nor to promote skin elasticity, enhance maternal bonding or replenish iron in the body, the research carried out in the United States by Northwestern Medicine found.

an could for you No research was found into potential risks from eating the placenta, which has become a celebrity trend in recent years.

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, said it was not something that midwives would recommend.

She said: "Midwives will not advise women about eating their placenta because of this lack of evidence, and it must be the woman's choice if she chooses to do so.

"If a woman is intending to do this they should discuss it with their midwife ahead of the birth so that arrangements can be made to ensure she gets her placenta."


Being an early bird could be good for you

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 11, 2015
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