Poor Sleep Linked to Gestational Diabetes

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It's time for us to wake up to the fact that we’re not getting enough sleep: one-quarter of women and around 16 percent of men in the United States get insufficient shuteye. Now, findings reported in the journal *Sleep Medicine Reviews *indicate that lack of sleep may very well be a contributing factor to the development of gestational diabetes in pregnant women.

Sirimon Reutrakul, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and her colleagues did a meta-analysis of eight studies of more than 17,000 women. The studies had assessed pregnant women for sleep duration and incidence of gestational diabetes.

Dr. Reutrakul found that an average sleep duration of less than six hours was associated with close to a twofold (1.7) increase in gestational diabetes risk. "This is the first meta-analysis to find that both self-reported and objectively measured short sleep duration was associated with elevated blood sugar levels in pregnancy as well as an increased risk for developing gestational diabetes," Dr. Reutrakul noted in a UIC press release. "More research is needed to confirm our findings, and to determine whether sleep extension may be beneficial in lowering the risk of gestational diabetes."

Sourced from: Sleep Medicine Reviews