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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Prediabetes
Study Shows Increased Risk for People Who Get Less Than 6 Hours of Sleep a Night
 
Here's one more reason to get a good night's sleep.
People who sleep less than six hours per night are more likely to develop impaired fasting glucose, or prediabetes, a study shows.
The study examined the health records of nearly 1,500 participants. Researchers identified 91 participants who had fasting blood glucose levels of less than 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) during baseline exams between 1996 and 2001; the participants had higher blood fasting glucose levels -- between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL -- at follow-up exams in 2003-2004.
A normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100 mg/dL. A fasting blood glucose result of 100mg/dL to 125 mg/dL is considered impaired fasting glucose. Having impaired fasting glucose is commonly referred to as prediabetes because many people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.
Participants reported how much they slept during the work week. Participants fell into three categories: short sleepers (less than six hours), mid-sleepers (six to eight hours), and long sleepers (more than eight hours).
During the six-year study period, participants who slept on average less than six hours a night during the work week were 4.6 times more likely than those getting six to eight hours of sleep to convert from normal blood sugar levels to impaired fasting glucose, researchers said. These findings took into account other factors such as age, obesity, and family history of diabetes.
March 12, 2009
Sources: By Caroline Wilbert, WebMD Health News, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD, American Heart Association Scientific Conferences, Palm Harbor, Fla., March 10-14, 2009. News release, American Heart Association.
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
The night turns to day and we become sleepy because it is a normal and natural body rhythm. We are supposed to have adequate time for the body to cleanse and repair itself from the day before. This is essential! 
 
I refer commonly to the THREE S’s. These three factors all affect the other and indeed all the hormones in the body. They must be in balance for our hormones to be balanced. They are:
1)    SUGAR : when sugar consumption is too high we affect insulin which imbalances the rest of the hormones
2)    STRESS: when stress is too high it causes increases in cortisol and adrenaline which in turn imbalance the other hormones.
3)    SLEEP: when sleep is insufficient or broken it too can affect the other hormones; in this case insulin resulting in higher blood sugars
This exemplifies that good diet is not good enough. We must be healthy in our physical activity, our mood and peacefulness, and of course our sleep!
 
If you are not sleeping then you are affecting all your hormones and your immune system. You want to be getting at least 7 hours and some people need as much as 9. See a health minded physician if sleep is a challenge in your life.
 
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