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Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Relationship between Diabetes and Sleep Quality

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Health-Net: Recent research has shown enough quality sleep and can help stabilize blood sugar. Therefore, people with diabetes are advised to arrange his sleep patterns.

Lack of sleep is known to cause or have a disturbing effect for the health of the human body. That's because when a person sleeps, the body will naturally detoxify the body to expel toxins. Especially for patients with diabetes.

A recent study shows if lack of sleep, the more elevated blood glucose levels and be more difficult to control the disease. The researchers compared 40 patients with type 2 diabetes with 531 people without diabetes.

The researchers studied the potential relationship between sleep quality, blood glucose levels, and other measures in controlling diabetes.

We found in those with diabetes, there is a correlation between lack of sleep and poorer glucose levels, said Christian Knutson, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, USA.

The conclusion of this study published in the May issue of the journal Diabetes Care. Previous research has found some relationship between diabetes and sleep quality. Knutson said it was just an association, not cause causality.

This suggests that diabetic patients more susceptible to the effects of sleep disorders, he added.

But that could be viewed either way. For those who do not control their diabetes, may experience sleep disturbances are worse than those who do it, said Knutson.

Knutson monitor participants sleep patterns with activity monitors mounted on his wrist. If he's a lot of moving the arm, meaning he is still awake, he said.

The study participants also reported their sleep quality. The researchers found that people with diabetes who have sleep problems have 23 percent higher levels of fasting glucose, 48 percent higher fasting insulin levels and insulin resistance 82 percent higher than those with diabetes who slept normally.

These findings tend to reflect what is seen in clinical practice, said Dr. Joel Zonszein, Director of the Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center, New York, United States.

However, he revealed that the results do not answer the question. They can not tell us whether sugar levels will be higher because of poor sleep or patients who have a higher sugar will suffer from sleep disorders. Or are there other factors that because it, said Zonszein.

Often times, Zonszein noted, people with type 2 diabetes are overweight and obese people generally can damage the healthy sleep. Obesity is known to be associated with disease-patients with sleep apnea stop breathing frequently at night and then woke up.

According Zonszein and Knutson, the message you want conveyed in this study is that patients with diabetes should watch their healthy sleep.

If there is no research on sleep has been done, patients with diabetes may want to ask the doctor about what to do, say Zonszein.

Reduce stress, which is easier said than done, should be another goal for patients with diabetes who lack sleep. Many people are stressed out, and they do not sleep well, he added.

People with diabetes need to seriously think about sleep patterns and talk to your doctor about this, he added.

Meanwhile, previous studies mentioned, someone less sleep less than six hours a day, three times more likely to have diabetes and heart disease.

Studies by a team of researchers from Warwick Medical School and the State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, the United States have found that short sleep is associated with increased risk of pre-diabetic, which is known as impaired fasting glycerin-incident (IFG).

IFG means that your body is not able to regulate glucose levels as efficiently as it could be done. Those who have IFG had a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The study looked at data from 1455 participants enrolled in the Western New York Health Study for six years was published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology. All participants aged between 35 to 79 years, and they completed a clinical examination including measurement of blood pressure, height, and weight.

They also completed a questionnaire about general health and sleep patterns. Chairman of the team of researchers at Warwick Medical School, Dr. Saverio Stranges, say, less than six hours of sleep is closely related to three-fold increased risk of having IFG compared with those who slept for an average of six to eight hours a night.

This is the first study that looked at the relationship between sleep duration and IFG. According to Stranges, there are several ways in which loss of sleep can trigger a disorder of glucose metabolism.

Some previous studies showed that short sleep time resulted in an increase of 28% levels that stimulate appetite hormone ghrelin that affect eating habits. Several other studies also indicate that lack of sleep can lower glucose tolerance and increased production of cortisol, a hormone that affects the level of stress.

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