Thursday, October 19, 2017

Diabetes: Good sleep really, really matters

From the National Institutes of Health

Recent scientific evidence suggests that sleep disorders may contribute to the development of diabetes; conversely, diabetes itself may contribute to sleep disorders.

Sleep appears to moderate the brain hormones that regulate blood sugar. Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders contribute to changes associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. In people who already have diabetes, sleep deprivation contributes to elevations of hemoglobin A1c. 

Symptoms that occur as a result of diabetes, such as neuropathic pain, may in turn contribute to sleep disturbance and exacerbate sleep deprivation. Researchers are exploring the scientific basis for the associations between diabetes and sleep, identifying gaps in the understanding of the empirical underpinnings of these relationships, and proposing directions for future research.

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