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
- high blood pressure
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.
According to Cauter's Study said...
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.