22 Sep '11, 6am

"Getting adequate sleep in adolescence may help protect against Type 2 diabetes," say scientists

LONDON - A study of 62 teenagers in the United States showed that sleeping for between seven-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half hours a night kept insulin and blood sugar at the optimum level. Spending less or more time in bed increased the chance of raised glucose levels, while a lower amount of deep sleep caused insulin levels to drop, according to research published in the Diabetes Care journal. The findings mean that a healthy sleeping pattern could help to ward off the onset of diabetes in the patients, all of whom were obese, researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said. Dr Dorit Koren, who led the study, said it backed up previous research which showed that adults who were deprived of sleep had a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. The teenagers were monitored over one-and-a-half days, during which their blood sugar levels were tested and their sleep patte...

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