Fight Diabetes With… Sleep?
The length and quality of sleep is emerging as a critical factor underlying the tendency toward obesity and insulin resistance, a condition in which your cells resist the assistance of insulin to remove sugar from the blood.
Researchers from the University of Chicago published the result of a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that explains how not getting enough shut-eye has a harmful impact on fat cells, reducing their ability to respond to insulin by 30 percent.
In past research works, scientists found that sleep deprivation has long been associated with impaired brain function, causing decreased alertness and reduced cognitive ability. In this study, researchers describe a molecular mechanism directly connecting lack of sleep to the disruption of energy regulation in humans, a process which, over time, can lead to weight gain, diabetes and other health problems.
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Lead researcher, Dr. Matthew Brady, noted that “Many people think of fat as a problem, but it serves a vital function… in storage mode, fat cells remove fatty acids and lipids from the circulation where they can damage other tissues. When fat cells cannot respond effectively to insulin, these lipids leach out into the circulation, leading to serious complications.” The team recruited seven young volunteers, six men and one woman. Each slept soundly for 8 ½ hours on four consecutive nights, and then thirty days later, sleep was limited to 4 ½ hours. Foods was carefully monitored and controlled.
After testing for cellular insulin resistance, the researchers found that after four nights of short sleep, total-body insulin response decreased by an average of 16 percent, and insulin sensitivity decreased by 30 percent. The authors concluded “Sleeping four to five hours a night, at least on work days, is now a common behavior… we found that seven out of seven subjects had a significant change in insulin sensitivity. They are not tolerating the metabolic consequences.” Short sleep schedules, especially as experienced by many during a busy work week, is detrimental to health and is a mitigating factor in metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes.
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives.
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