According to a new study, getting a less than adequate amount of sleep during the night could increase the risk of developing diabetes, especially when combined with overeating and leading a sedentary lifestyle .
Researchers at the University of Chicago, Illinois studied 11 health but sedentary men and women in their middle age. When sleep times changed from 8.5 to 5.5 hours, with sleep duration falling correspondingly. These adults showed changes in response to common sugar tests.
Dr. Plamen Penev of the University of Chicago, Illinois, reportedly commented: “Our findings suggest that combining the unhealthy aspects of the Westernized lifestyle with insufficient sleep may add to the risk of overweight and sedentary individuals to develop diabetes . If confirmed by future larger studies, these results would indicate that a healthy lifestyle should include not only healthy eating habits and adequate amounts of physical activity, but also obtaining a sufficient amount of sleep.”

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