How sleep can affect diabetes risk, according to a new study – CTV

March 8, 2024

Getting only a few hours of sleep per day may do more harm than just causing a groggy day at the office — it may put you at higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.

Compared with people who got seven to eight hours of sleep per day, those who slept less than six hours daily had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes(opens in a new tab) later in life, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

“Previous research has shown that (insufficient rest on a daily basis) increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, while healthy dietary habits such as regularly eating fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk,” Dr. Diana Nôga, first author of the study and a sleep researcher in the department of pharmaceutical biosciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in a news release.

“However, it has remained unclear whether people who sleep too little can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by eating healthily,” Nôga added. The authors believe they are the first researchers to attempt to answer that question.

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