If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you might be increasing your risk of… diabetes? Researchers have found that people who get less than six hours of sleep each night are more likely to develop a condition that precedes diabetes than those who get more sleep.
In a six-year study, researchers found that their subjects who slept less than six hours a night on average during the work week were about 4.5 times more likely to develop “impaired fasting glucose” than those who were sleeping six to eight hours a night.
To be sure, the risks associated with sleep deprivation are nowhere near the problems that obesity and a family history of diabetes portends. Dr. Iain Frame of Diabetes UK says the study was too small to hang your hat on its conclusions. But it does echo previous studies that drew the same conclusions.
(via: Health News)
March 22nd, 2009