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Study: People who work irregular schedules face serious health risks

New research shows people who work irregular schedules, like evenings and overnights, are facing serious health risks. (Thinkstock)

NATIONWIDE (WGME) -- New research shows people who work irregular schedules, like evenings and overnights, are facing serious health risks.

Constantly changing the time you wake up, sleep, and eat every few days can "unwind" a person's body clock, making it hard to keep a natural 24-hour cycle, according to a new study from Texas A&M University.

Researchers say people with odd work schedules have a greater risk of heart attacks, obesity, and severe strokes.

The study found they also have more severe stroke outcomes, like brain damage and loss of limb movement, than people on a regular 24-hour cycle.

The problems are much worse in men than in women.

Researchers suggest people on shift work should try to keep regular mealtimes and monitor themselves for heart and vascular disease, high blood pressure and obesity.

Almost 15 million people in the U.S. work evenings, overnights, or some other irregular schedule.

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