Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 Health & Fitness

Long-Time Sleep Leads To Diabetes

People who sleep too much or too little have a higher risk of developing diabetes of the second type, since they have lowered glucose assimilation. This is the conclusion to which doctors from the Medicine Faculty of a French University have come after analyzing the habits of 276 people during a period of 6 years. They say that during this time circa 20 percent of those who had sleep disturbances developed diabetes of the second type or a lowered sensibility to glucose.

Even after excluding such substantial factors as, for example, differences in the body mass among the observed participants, the risk of diabetes and the decrease of insulin's effectiveness were 2 times higher in those who didn't respect the optimal times of sleep. Doctors also prevent that diabetes is far from being the only risk related to sleep length. The growing number of studies found some "mysterious" relationships between sleep and obesity, diseases of the cardiovascular system's organs and even mortality. The authors mention that a 7-8-hours-long length of sleep is optimal among the adults in order to protect the organism from well-spread diseases and early death.

People sleep less nowadays. In 1960 the statistics were saying that adults slept 8 - 9 hours in average, while in 1995 the indices went down to 7 hours. In 2004, a third of the adults aged from 30 to 64 reported a 6-hours sleep. Though the question of the influence of lack of sleep on our organism is being thoroughly discussed nowadays, it is also worth paing attention to excessive sleep length. The popular affirmation, according to which sleep is never too much, is gradually becoming a myth that might complicate the state of our health.

The authors of the research – Jean-Philippe Chaput, Angelo Tremblay and Jean-Pierre Despres - published the results of this research on the website of the journal "Medicine of Sleep".

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