Sleep-Health Risk for Men Identified
Let’s see a show of hands: how many adults get the right amount—not too little and not too much—of sleep each night? We didn’t think so. While it’s a well-known fact that sleep impacts our quality of life and overall health, a new study shows that men who get too little or too much sleep are at increased risk for developing diabetes.
This study analyzed data from 788 healthy men and women aged 30-60 from 19 different countries, looking at physical activity levels and hours of sleep per night and assessing diabetes risk by measuring how well the body uses insulin. Men who got more or less than the recommended amount of sleep (an average of 7 hours a night) did not metabolize insulin as well and had higher blood sugar levels.
Interestingly, diabetes risk in women was not affected by too little or too much sleep. Women who slept less than the recommended 7 hours per night actually metabolized insulin better.
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