The press this week has been reporting on research which says that a lack of sleep can increase the risk of diabetes.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado have found a lack of sleep can reduce your sensitivity to insulin.
In their study (link below) the researchers found that people who only slept for 5 hours a night had less insulin sensitivity than those who had more sleep. The researcher program highlighted that reduced insulin resistance can lead to a higher risk of adult Type 2 diabetes developing.
It gets worse. The same research team conducted a study last year which showed that lack of sleep can also lead to an increase in weight. So when you factor in increased weight and increased insulin resistance, the risk of adult Type 2 diabetes goes up more.
And, sorry folks, it gets worse still. If people then do develop diabetes, their sleep patterns will be disrupted even more. That’s because people with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood … and your kidneys try to get rid of that excess sugar by urination. So you find yourself making frequent bathroom trips during the night, which disrupts your sleep. Talk about a downward cycle!
So if you’re a poor sleeper, it’s worth thinking about the fact that the potential effects are more serious than simply feeling tired and grumpy the next. Maybe a talk to your physician, or looking at Amazon for books about better sleep, or considering a melatonin health supplement could be a good idea. Melatonin is the brain’s ‘go to sleep’ molecule.
We found that when people get too little sleep it leaves them awake at a time when their body clock is telling them they should be asleep,” the study’s lead author Kenneth Wright Jr., PhD, professor of integrative physiology at CU-Boulder and also professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said. “And when they eat something in the morning, it impairs their ability to regulate their blood sugar levels.
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— Muscadinex News (@Muscadinex) November 9, 2015
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