Disturbed Sleep ‘Increases Risk Of Diabetes’

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Having disturbed sleep patterns can increase your risk at developing diabetes, according to a recent study.

Findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism by Dr Patricia Wong at The University of Pittsburg revealed having different sleep schedules throughout the week messes up your body clock, putting you in danger of developing diabetes and heart disease.

Speaking to Reuters, Dr Wong said: “Social jet lag is a habitual form of circadian misalignment, when individuals have to essentially sleep and wake at times that are out of sync from their internal, biological clock and shift back and forth in their sleep schedules due to social obligations.”

The research looked at 450 middle-aged adults who had devices attached to them while they slept. Those with varying bed times and lie-ins were more likely to develop the side effects that contribute to these conditions. These symptoms include extra girth around their midsection, higher sugar and fat levels in their blood, and low levels of ‘good’ lipoprotein cholesterol, which prevents damage to blood vessels.

As a result of the findings, people may decide to give their weekend lie-in a miss to avoid disrupting their sleep patterns.

They can also visit a nutritionist in Nottingham if they are concerned they are at risk of diabetes, as changes in their diet and lifestyle could have a huge impact on the likelihood of developing this condition.

This comes after the British Heart Foundation’s recent study showed the number of those diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 65 per cent since 2005. There are almost 3.5 million adults in the UK with diabetes, so more people may be inclined to watch their eating, sleeping and exercise habits closely.

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