NIGHT owls are more likely to develop diabetes, according to research.
They were found to be less active in the day, resulting in a build-up of fats which can lead to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Those staying up late were also less sensitive to insulin, potentially harming health.
Meanwhile, early risers were found to burn fat for energy rather than carbohydrates — thus reducing risk — be more active in the day be and more aerobically fit.
US scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey monitored daily activity patterns of two groups.
They also assessed body mass, composition, insulin sensitivity, and fat and carbohydrate metabolism via breath samples.
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Professor Steven Malin said: “This advances our understanding of how our body’s circadian rhythms impact our health.
"Further research is needed to examine the link between chronotype, exercise and metabolic adaptation to identify whether exercising earlier in the day has greater health benefits."
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