Researchers Find Link Between Insomnia and Type 2 Diabetes

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Contrary to perception, dieting is not the only way to prevent diabetes. A new study has shown that good night sleep plays a pivotal role in reducing the chances of developing a chronic medical condition.

Insomnia and Type 2 Diabetes

According to researchers in Sweden, failure to have a good night sleep for a prolonged period is one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes (T2D). One of the reasons insomnia could be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes is that it affects lifestyle choices and affects the way insulin works.

Poor sleep is most of the time associated with poor eating habits as well as irregular meal patterns. In most cases, people tend to skip breakfast conversely, increasing their chances of developing type 2 studies, as found in MR studies in previous observational studies.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm found out that trouble sleeping is one of the 19 factors that increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Insomnia alone increases the chances by 17%; the thing with bad sleep is that it causes the body not to use insulin properly.

In addition to bad sleep, other factors that increase the risks for T2D include systolic blood pressure issues, lifetime smoking, and blood plasma levels of four fatty acids. Drinking too much coffee and a resting heart rate might also lead to T2D.

Understanding T2D

Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar. In most cases, the chronic condition resists insulin, which is important in regulating the movement of sugar in cells while the condition is rampant in adults; children are also increasingly being diagnosed with the condition.

Some of the initial symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. The condition occur whenever the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin.

Therefore getting a good night sleep and taking breakfast as required all but reduces the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Likewise, increasing good cholesterol, testosterone levels, and sex hormone levels are also crucial to avoid chronic conditions.

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