Napping increases type 2 diabetes risk

Tue, 02 Mar 2010
According to recent reports, adults who indulge in too much snoozing could face a much greater risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes, compared to those that do not take any naps.

The research was conducted by experts at the University of Birmingham, England. They found that midday sleep regularly increases the odds of developing type 2 diabetes amongst people over the age of 50.

G. Neil Thomas, PHD, of the University of Birmingham reportedly commented: "Both sleep homeostatic and circadian processes have profound influences on multiple physiological functions including the release of and sensitivity to metabolic hormones (e.g., insulin ), and sympathetic-parasympathetic balance."

He reportedly concluded: "Even if the current results are confirmed, people can do far more for their health by stopping smoking, having a balanced diet and being active."
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