Too Much or Too Little Sleep Raises Your Diabetes Risks

One way to beat diabetes and obesity naturally: Getting the proper amount of sleep. To that end, a new study ties one’s diabetes risks to how long or little you sleep.

Yale University researchers monitored the long-term impact of sleep on type 2 diabetes in their 17-year study of some 1,100 Baby Boomer and elderly men. Apparently, the “safety zone” for sleep among patients ranged between 7-8 hours a night.

Men who slept 6 hours or less a day doubled their risk of type 2 diabetes and more than tripled it when they got more than 8 hours nightly. But researchers discovered lower testosterone levels may affect that risk when compared inversely to a man’s waist size, which goes back to a problem with obesity.

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Diabetes Care, Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2006: 657-661 Free Full Text Article

MSNBC March 10, 2006