Heart disease risk increased by warmer temperatures at meal time?
This time of year, temperatures go down and heating bills go up. But new research might make you think twice before turning up the heat at meal times! In the laboratory, when comparing mice kept at cooler temperatures with mice kept within their (warmer) thermal comfort zones, the mice housed at warmer temperatures while eating doubled their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
A mouse’s heart rate and blood pressure increase when exposed to cooler temperatures, and metabolic rates increase in order to produce heat. It’s possible that the health issues developing in the laboratory might also develop in humans under similar conditions. Hopefully, further research will help scientists understand more about human heart disease. Read more about this research here.