American researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that the human body is able to perceive only two seasons, instead of the four that people are used to emitting. The experts came to this conclusion based on the results of a 4-year study.
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As part of the experiment, scientists involved more than a hundred people aged 25-75 years. About half of them were insulin-resistant, meaning that their bodies were not able to fully process glucose. The subjects were required to provide their blood samples 4 times a year, according to the number of seasons allocated. As a result, the experts were able to monitor the level of immunity, metabolic activity, the state of the cardiovascular system and other indicators.
After conducting a thorough analysis of the data obtained, the researchers recorded over a thousand changes. As a result, it was concluded that the human body really changes during the year. However, all these changes do not occur four times a year, but only twice. Most often, scientists say, the body is rebuilt in late spring or early summer, as well as in late autumn or early winter. That is, the body senses only the transitions between warm and cold seasons, completely not perceiving “semitones”.
Among other things, the researchers were able to establish that inflammatory reactions in the body most often manifest themselves closer to the end of spring, and hypertensive ones – by the beginning of the winter season. According to experts from Stanford, their results will help in the development of new effective drugs in the future, reports Planet Today.