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Sleeping Troubles and Diabetes

Posted on November 2, 2021 | No Comments on Sleeping Troubles and Diabetes

Trouble sleeping at night? A new study by the New England Research Institutes in collaboration with researchers from Yale School of Medicine found that men who sleep too much or too little are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A total of 1, 709 men aged 40 to 70 years old enrolled in the Massachusetts Male Aging Study were followed for 15 years with home visits, a health questionnaire and blood samples. The study found that men who slept between five and six hours per night were twice as likely to develop diabetes, while men who slept more than eight hours per night were three times as likely to develop diabetes. Six to eight hours of sleep was found to be the most healthy.

Researchers surmise that too little sleep has hormonal and metabolic implications including notable changes in metabolic and endocrine function such as decreased carbohydrate tolerance, insulin resistance and lower levels of the hormone leptin leading to obesity. However, the researchers are yet to find the link between long sleep duration and diabetes risk.
Results of the study were published in the journal Diabetes Care.

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