Thursday, 13 June 2019

Sleep habits linked with blood sugar control in diabetes and prediabetes

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Too little sleep - or too much - can be tied to problems with blood sugar levels, not just in people with diabetes but also in people at high risk for developing the disease, a new study finds.

Compared to people who said on the questionnaires that they got 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night, people who averaged less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep at night had significantly higher levels of hemoglobin A1C in their blood, reflecting poor blood sugar control over the past 2 or 3 months.

This was true whether people had diabetes or prediabetes.

"In the past, the general wisdom was that short sleep duration is bad for you but here we also found that maybe too long of a sleep duration is also not good for you," lead study author Dr Babak Mokhlesi of the University of Chicago told Reuters Health by phone.

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