Lack of Sleep May Raise Risk of Diabetes

07-24-2012

I just read a very interesting article by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent for  MedPage Today which I wanted to share with you.

It seems that what we all knew to be bad for us is actually bad for us... In a 39-day experiment with healthy volunteers, shortened sleep time and varying bedtimes -- meant to mimic shift work -- led to impaired glucose regulation and metabolism, according to Orfeu Buxton, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues.

 "Since night workers often have a hard time sleeping during the day, they can face both circadian disruption working at night and insufficient sleep during the day," Buxton said in a statement. "The evidence is clear that getting enough sleep is important for health, and that sleep should be at night for best effect."

The combination of not enough sleep and circadian rhythm disruption caused a marked decrease in insulin secretion in response to the meal, the researchers reported. The combination of not enough sleep and circadian rhythm disruption caused a marked decrease in insulin secretion in response to the meal, the researchers reported.

In other words impaired sleep led to problems in sugar metabolism and could increase the risk of obesity and of developing diabetes!

So, make sure that you get enough sleep on a regular basis and let me misqoute a famous saying,

Early to bed and rested when you rise,

Will make you healthy, happy and wise!

 

Have a restful summer,

Miriam Rotman MD