Sleep Loss Raises Diabetes Risk
In young people, just one hour less sleep every night increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers at University of St George's London in the United Kingdom. The study suggests that children who get an hour less than the recommended amount of sleep per night, on average, have higher levels of body fat, blood glucose, and insulin resistance – risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
For the study, researchers analyzed body measurements, blood samples, and sleep habits of 4,525 nine- and 10-year olds. They discovered children who slept the recommended length of time – about 10 hours – had lower body weight, body fat mass, blood glucose, and insulin resistance than those who got less sleep.
The study was published in the September issue of Pediatrics. According to researchers, healthy sleep habits in childhood can have a positive impact on health in adulthood and help reduce type 2 diabetes risk.