Diabetes risk increased by sleep

Wed, 05 Dec 2007
The December issue of the journal sleep contains a diabetes-related study in which a team of experts from the University of Columbia claim that having too much or too little sleep will greatly influence the risk of type 2 diabetes .

Even after the study group was adjusted to control more conventional risks, including older age and weight, the sleep duration link to diabetes risk remained significant. However, at this stage, how sleep duration actually increases diabetes risk is unknown.

The authors of the study reportedly concluded: "We are not aware of any plausible physiologic explanations whereby long sleep duration could play a role in the pathogenesis of diabetes," the authors concluded. "It is more likely that long sleep duration occurs in parallel to, and as a consequence of, diabetes and other conditions associated with chronic inflammation."

The data was drawn from the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey .
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