Salinas, CA Taking Prescription Drugs And Monitoring Your Internal Body Clock Should Be Done In Tandemby Richard Kuehn on 09/09/12
Different stroke for different folks is a familiar saying and it is true on many levels, particularly when treating medical conditions. One medication may be fantastic for one person and a complete dud for another person, which is one reason researchers are focusing on the study of DNA. One day, we could both have the exact same disease but be prescribed completely different medications because of our genetic makeup. Those days aren't here yet, but in the meantime, check with your Doctor. There are blood tests that can be done to see if medication that you have been prescribed is working or not. A recent research report published in the National Academy of Sciences claims that your human body clock can be determined by analyzing the quantity of hormones and amino acids with two blood tests taken 12 hours apart. The researchers believe that this test could be a giant leap forward for people dieting or taking new medication, particularly those trying something new like a cancer treatment which can have grave side effects. Certain drugs are more or less potent depending upon the time of day they are taken, while being completely toxic if taken at other times. We all know people that some people are referred to as night owls and others as morning people, but this new research emphasizes that this isn't just a euphemism. Night owls may be better off taking a drug at one time during the day while early birds might be much better off taking it at a completely different time. Researchers say that internal body clocks can be off by 12 hours or more, so this is something we all need to pay attention to. And as we grow older, our body clocks often change, so blood monitoring could be important over a long period of time. I hope there is further follow up on this study. Prior to its issuance, the mainstream thinking was that the only way to monitor an individual's body clock was to pull blood once an hour for 24 hours. Nobody wants to go through an invasive procedure like that every hour, so let's hope this new method catches on!