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Sleep deprivation raises diabetes risk

(Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., Psychology Today) Poor sleep is strongly linked to increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The two problems—which have been referred to as twin epidemics—present serious public health risks in the United States and worldwide. Sleep problems are also linked to risk for obesity, a primary risk factor for diabetes, and to metabolic syndrome, a condition that often precedes diabetes.
Research has indicated that sleep deprivation disrupts glucose metabolism, the process by which the body regulates blood sugar and processes that sugar into energy. Disruptions to healthy glucose functioning include decreases to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, both of which contribute to elevated, unhealthful levels of blood sugar that eventually can lead to diabetes.
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