We often hear that the increasing prevalence of diabetes is due to the deterioration of our diets and overeating. Another factor may be to blame, though: insomnia.
CBS News recently reported on a small study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that found insulin sensitivity in patients who slept only four hours per night was reduced by as much as 25% compared to those who slept eight hours.
Another study published in 2009 found that those who slept less than six hours per night were 4.5 times more likely to develop abnormal blood sugar levels within six years compared to those who slept longer.
The study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism was only small (nine patients). However, if a larger study were to reach the same conclusions it would add further weight to our argument that insomnia needs to be taken more seriously sooner rather than later.
Last updated: May 20, 2010