Losing 30 minutes of sleep can wreak havoc on blood sugar

Missing just 30 minutes of sleep per day could negatively impact blood sugar control, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College.

This type of "sleep debt" tends to accumulate during the week, which can't necessarily be recovered by catching up on the weekend.

"Weekday sleep debt may lead to long-term metabolic disruption, which may promote the onset of, or exacerbate the progression of, type 2 diabetes mellitus," stated a news release on the study.

Obesity and insulin resistance

A total of 522 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were recruited for the study. They completed a seven day sleep diary to track lost sleep.

Researchers recorded factors like height, weight, waist circumference and other measurements to determine risk for metabolic problems.

After a year of tracking, researchers found that 30 minutes of sleep lost during the weekday led to a 17 percent increased risk for obesity and 39 percent increased risk for insulin resistance.

"Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism," said lead study author Shahrad Taheri, "and that incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss and diabetes might improve their success."

Source: Endocrine Society

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