Catching Up on Sleep on Weekends May Help Cut Diabetes Risk

On September 1, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Catching Up on Sleep on Weekends May Help Cut Diabetes Risk

For many U.S. adults, sleep of 6 hours a night may increase their risk of diabetes — not because of weight gain, but insulin resistance, researchers say.

Peter Liu of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute said getting enough sleep each day might do a lot to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Liu and colleagues at the University of Sydney in Australia checked insulin sensitivity – the body’s ability to clear blood sugar from the bloodstream – in 19 non-diabetic men who got about 6 hours of sleep a night during the workweek, but 10 hours on weekend nights.

“By extending sleep to 10 hours a night versus 6 hours a night over just three days, we were able to improve insulin sensitivity, which is a marker of diabetes,” Liu said in a statement.

Liu said findings suggest people should get enough sleep regularly — not just on weekends.

The study was presented at an Endocrine Society meeting.

Copyright UPI 2013

source: LifeExtension

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