Sleep deprivation linked to diabetes
People who are sleep deprived may have a higher risk for diabetes than those who get the recommended amount of sleep, according to new research.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Perlman School of Medicine examined the molecular pathways through which sleep deprivation affected blood sugar levels in mice. Researchers specifically look at the effect of lack of sleep on cells in the pancreas, which helps maintain blood sugar levels.
The findings, published in Aging Cell, showed that sleep deprivation resulted in symptoms of pre-diabetes, including a loss of control of blood sugar. Researchers also found younger mice had better control of their blood sugar levels than did the older mice, which they said suggested that older mice were more susceptible to developing diabetes.
The study concludes that the combination of aging and sleep deprivation may increase susceptibility to developing diabetes by increasing cell stress and disrupting blood sugar levels. Researchers said their findings reinforce the importance of maintaining regular sleep patterns.