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Inadequate Sleep Heightens Risk of Diabetes

Tue, 17 Apr 2012

A lack of sleep is said to have long-lasting consequences which a nap is not going to cure, that is, an increased risk of , heart disease as well as other health problems.

Sleep loss is considered to be a health concern and could play a part in the UK's diabetes epidemic.

Research has highlighted that those who sleep less than five hours per night are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, the type of diabetes which affects people later on in life.

Rotating shift work, that is three or more night shifts per month interspersed with day or evening hours increases that risk too.

Exercise and diet are huge factors in Type 2 diabetes.

It is more difficult to work out or to opt for an apple rather than a doughnut when you are dog tired, particularly at 4 a.m. when your body's biorhythm knows you ought to be sleeping.

The research shows that if we eat at odd times our blood sugar levels increase after meals, sometimes to pre-diabetic levels, as the pancreas ceases to secrete adequate insulin .

The participants' metabolic rate also slowed by 8 per cent, the researchers placed them on a diet in order that they did not gain weight .

That level of metabolism drop could mean putting on 4.5 to 5.5 pounds over a year.
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