People who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis may become less sensitive to insulin which, over time, can raise the risk of
Dr. Eve Van Cauter at the University of Chicago found that chronic sleep deprivation -- 6.5 hours or less of sleep a night -- had the same effect on insulin resistance as aging.
Just like poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress and aging, sleep loss is a risk factor (for type 2 diabetes).As we all know by now, Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body loses its ability to respond to insulin, the body's key blood sugar-regulating hormone. For those of you new to Diabetes, this insulin resistance causes blood sugar levels to rise, which in turn can increase the risk for a number of serious medical complications including kidney damage, heart disease, blindness and lower limb amputations.
healthy adults who averaged 316 minutes of sleep a night -- about 5.2 hours .... over 8 consecutive nights secreted 50% more insulin than their more rested counterparts who averaged 477 minutes of sleep a night, or about 8 hours.
As a result, "short sleepers'' were 40% less sensitive to insulin.
The researchers suggest that sleep deprivation, which is becoming commonplace in industrialized countries, may play a role in the current epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
I'm sure in my case this was a major factor in contracting type 2 Diabetes as I worked 2 years surviving on only about 4-5 hours sleep a night.
I did 2 years of literally 4-5 hours of sleep a night during the week and sometimes on weekends as well and Im sure that and a lousy diet was what pushed me into type 2 diabetes. Im sure I had a genetic predisposition but Im now convinced that this stint of sleeplessness really pushed me into diabetes.
Wow...Im going to have to try that. My problem was working investment banking hours and getting only 3-4 hours sleep a night. HOWEVER, I have suffered and still do the leg cramps and they are so bad they will make me get out of bed in the middle of the night to straighten my legs out and work the cramp out of the muscle. So Im going to try your remedy (well see if I can get my doc to prescribe your rememdy) and see if I can't get rid of the cramps.
Thanks...that could be such a blessing!!