A recent study published online in Chemical Research & Toxicology shows that synthetic chemicals used in insecticides bind to receptors that regulate our biological clocks. This NIH- funded study suggests that exposure to these types of insecticides can have an adverse effect on melatonin receptor signaling, which can create an increased risk for diabetes and other metabolic diseases. This is really the first report showing how chemicals found in certain products interact with a person’s melatonin receptors. This interaction can also lead to sleep disorders. The preliminary findings from this report were presented at the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting.
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