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Adequate sleep prevents type 2 diabetes

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A new research has demonstrated that those men who get adequate sleep have more chance of lowering the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The study conducted by the researchers of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) has tied sleep to the body’s use of insulin.

The findings prove that enough sleep can improve the body’s use of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar level.

“Insulin sensitivity, the body’s ability to clear glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream, significantly improved after three nights of ‘catch-up sleep’ on the weekend in men with long-term, weekday sleep restrictions,” the lead researcher Peter Liu presented at the Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

He clarifies that in those people with Type 2 diabetes the body is not able to take the produced insulin or even becomes “resistant” to insulin.

Sleep extension of some hours in those ones who have sleep restriction can retain the body’s sensitivity to insulin and consequently reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Liu suggests.

The study participants were provided with the same food intake during the research so that diet would not influence the results, Liu noted.

“When the men slept 10 hours a night on each of three nights of catch-up sleep, their insulin sensitivity was much better than when they had persistent sleep restriction,” the researchers reported in their result.

“The good news is that by extending the hours they sleep, adult men who over a long period of time do not get enough sleep during the working week can still improve their insulin sensitivity,” Liu and colleagues concluded.


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