Scientists have claimed that obese teenagers can reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by making sure they sleep for seven to eight and a half hours each night. The research showed that maintaining insulin and glucose at regular levels was made easier by healthy sleep patterns and having a good quality of sleep.
The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care, showed that getting the recommended hours of sleep a night helped to maintain blood sugar at normal levels, preventing the development of diabetes. The research also revealed that obese teenagers that sleep either less or more than this amount of hours face a greater risk of higher glucose levels and therefore a greater risk of associated health complications.
In addition, the study on 62 teenagers, whose blood sugar levels were assessed over one and a half days, found that the quality of a night’s sleep is also important to diabetes risk, as those who experienced less deep sleep saw their insulin levels fall.
These results also support a previous study that investigated whether sleep deprivation for adults was more likely to lead to them developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who achieved the recommended levels of sleep each night. In fact, it was shown to lead a higher risk of diabetes.

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