Struggle to sleep at night? You may want to tackle that problem ASAP, as new research has found women are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they’re lacking shut eye.
On top of this, the experts from Harvard School of Public Health found a link between people who had sleeping disorders and depression, weight problems and blood pressure.
Data from over 130,000 women was looked at over a decade, with all participants beginning the process without cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. They took part in two studies, the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS, 2000-2010) and the NHSII (2001-2011), before which they were asked to document their difficulty sleeping as “all of the time” or “most of the time”.
At the end of the 10 years, 6,407 cases of type 2 diabetes were documented in women who suffered from one of four sleeping disorders; sleeping difficulty, frequent snoring, sleeping for less than six hours a night, and sleep apnoea, in which sufferers stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep.
Even more worrying is that ladies who suffered with four of the conditions saw their risk increase fourfold.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin for it to function properly, or cells don’t react to insulin. It results in the person feeling tired all the time, as the glucose isn’t used as fuel for energy due to staying in the blood stream. Sufferers also feel more thirsty and urinate more than normal.
“Sleeping difficulty was significantly associated with type 2 diabetes,” research scientist Dr Yanping Li of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health said. “This association was explained by associations with hypertension, BMI and depression symptoms, and was particularly strong when combined with other sleep disorders.
“Our findings highlight the importance of good sleeping patterns and having enough sleep for preventing type 2 diabetes.
“The findings provide evidence to clinical physicians and public health researchers for future diabetes prevention among a high risk population with multiple sleep disorders.”
The study was published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
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