Link between lack of sleep and risk of obesity and diabetes

New research has shown that a lack of sleep or disrupted sleep patterns may lead to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes. Participants in the research were exposed to chronic sleep restriction and circadian rhythm disruption whereby their normal ‘body clock’ for eating, sleeping etc. was disrupted. This caused internal glucose regulation and metabolism to be disrupted.

The researchers estimated the magnitude of disruption to translate into an average 12.5lb (5.6kg) increase in body weight over a year. Researchers concluded that this could result in the development of diabetes or obesity.

For more information about this study check the EUFIC website.

Posted: 24/05/2012 10:10:10 by Barbara Whelan


 

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