Sleep against Diabetes


It is true that it has been known that few hours of sleep, at least in general, pose a number of health risks. Now, a new study points to a very direct link between short nights or sleepless, and the development of diabetes, especially in children, and the study focused on this age group, according to publication in the New York Times.

Diabetes is a silent disease, and this means that, generally, if medical examinations and access to diagnosis and subsequent treatment are not performed, the person may not even be aware that he or she suffers from this condition.

In this study involving more than 4,500 children, between nine and ten, and it was found that they had less sleep had higher values for body mass index, insulin and blood glucose, all factors directly linked to risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Although there is not yet a rigorous explanation for this phenomenon, the truth is that it is enough to increase one hour of sleep in the daily average so that the values decrease significantly. This means that sleep can be like this, the best “medicine” in the prevention of the disease.

Often when blood glucose is measured before bedtime, the value may be within our glycemic target, but that does not mean that you have spent all night with this glycemia. In addition, the symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia may be reduced during sleep.

“The increase in hours of sleep in children may be the simplest measure, cheaper and accessible to everyone in the fight against this disease which is already an epidemic”, said Christopher G. Owen, Professor of Epidemiology, University of St. George, in London, also responsible for this study.

Ultimately, sleepless nights hamper the performance of insulin, key to sugar being harnessed by cells and transforming into energy for the body. Thus, if this is repeated night after night, the body may enter a state called insulin resistance, enough for Diabetes to settle.