Does Losing Sleep Increase Risk for Diabetes?

Regularly losing sleep at night could ultimately promote the development of type 2 diabetes.


Regularly losing as little as half an hour of sleep at night could ultimately promote the onset or speed the development of type 2 diabetes. In a 12-month study of 522 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, it was found that for every 30 minutes of weekday sleep debt, the risk of obesity was increased by 17%, and the risk of insulin resistance was increased by 39%. Those who had sleep debt were 72% more likely to be obese than those who did not.

Previous studies have found an association between insufficient sleep and the development of obesity and diabetes. This study reinforces the fact that the effects of poor sleep can add up over time, and lead to metabolic issues. Losing 30 minutes of sleep per day may promote weight gain and adversely affect blood sugar control,” Science Daily, March 6, 2015, www.sciencedaily.com.


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