How Lack of Sleep May Lead to Diabetes

How Lack of Sleep May Lead to Diabetes

Troubled sleep has been linked to many health issues like weight gain, attention disorder and forgetfulness. But did you know that sleep deprivation that makes you feel grumpycan also put you at the risk of diabetes? And this may be specially true for women.

A new new study, published in the journal Diabetologia, indicated that women who suffer from sleeping disorders are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It adds that those who suffer from two or more sleep disorders such as difficulty in sleeping, frequentsnoring and sleep apnea are at the higher risk which ranges from 47 percent for one sleep disorder to more than four times the risk for four different sleeping problems combined.

“Sleeping difficulty was significantly associated with Type 2 diabetes. This association was partially explained by associations with hypertension, body mass index (BMI) and depression symptoms, and was particularly strong when combined with other sleep disorders,” said Yanping Li, researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston in US.

The findings highlight the importance of good sleeping patterns and getting enough sleepfor preventing Type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. The study also provides evidence to clinical physicians and public health researchers for future diabetes prevention among a high-risk population with multiple sleep disorders.

To reach this conclusion, researchers analysed data from 133,353 women without diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline in two major epidemiological studies–the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS, 2000-2010) and the NHSII (2001-2011). A total of 6,407 cases of Type 2 diabetes developed during up to 10 years of follow-up.

Previous studies have also pointed out that sleep is as important as exercise and your diet when it comes to the risk of diabetes. Diabetes occurs when can’t properly break down. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body feels fatigued and your body’s stress-control center as well as the balance of hormones is affected. This can impact the regulation of glucose and hence put you at a higher risk of developing diabetes. This is, of course, is one of the dangers of sleep deprivation – others include heart disease, skin ageing and depression. So, make sure you rest up!

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