Friday, January 04, 2008

Sleep Disruptions Increase Diabetes

We all need at least 8 hours of sleep. But the type and frequency of sleep is also important to health and lack of these may lead to diseases. Researchers in the US has reported that disrupting sleep damages the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels, raising the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Millions of people all over the world have diabetes and most of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when the body either becomes resilient to insulin or doesn’t produce enough of it to regulate sugar in the bloodstream.

Research experiments conducted has found that disrupting the sleep periods of volunteers rapidly resulted in reduction in their ability to regulate blood-sugar levels. The findings are reported in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Earlier studies have indicated that lack of sleep can reduce the ability body’s ability to regulate sugar, and this report adds evidence that poor sleep quality is also a diabetes risk.



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