Lack of sleep – another cause for diabetes

Lack of sleep another cause for diabetesTo keep up with the world, our lifestyles and eating habits have changed too. We take too many health risks just by carrying out our daily routine. Many of these risks point to diabetes. To that long list, lack of sleep has been added. In this super fast paced world, sleep has taken a back seat. The suggested five hour sleep routine also has to be compromised to fit many things in to our day.

Researchers say that if compromising sleep becomes consistent or if you generally lack sleep, then the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases. A research conducted recently provided results that have raised concerns among many. The research involved 21 healthy people and they were confined to the lab during the period of experiment. They were given less than six-hour sleep schedule and were sent to bed later and later every day.

Through this experiment, researchers inferred that the ability of regulating blood sugar levels became very impaired in the people who were involved in it. The impairment was at such a level that the researchers say that if the experiment has continued, the people involved might have developed diabetes permanently.

During the research, it was also found that persisting inconsistent sleep decreases the insulin production in the body by 32 percent. Insulin is one of the key regulators of blood sugar. This makes insulin very important and if lack of sleep reduces its production, then it will lead to diabetes.

Stress hormones in our body work very hard to keep us awake when we want to stay up. These hormones will throw the hormone levels off balance in our body. “Insulin can’t do its job efficiently, so you end up getting an overabundance of glucose that remains in the bloodstream” said a specialist.

Another way lack of sleep can lead to diabetes is through the increased appetite. Insufficient sleep increases the level of hormone ghrelin in the body. This increases the appetite of a person and lowers the level of leptin. This also points towards diabetes.

Researchers are hoping to come up with another solution rather than just sufficient sleep. People sleep less due to their lifestyle and work. Changing that will not be all that easy. But until then, staying in bed and catching that sufficient wink of sleep will keep your diabetes within the chart.

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