Sleep Disturbances Interfere With Blood Sugar Regulation

Inadequate sleep is linked to poor blood sugar regulation— according to a literature review by researchers from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Chronic sleep problems also increase the risk of premature death from all causes and from cardiovascular disease. The problem is particularly severe in people with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition caused by airway collapse during sleep, which decreases blood oxygen levels. Sleep disturbances increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome— a collection of symptoms that include high blood pressure, abdominal fat deposition, abnormal blood fats and insulin resistance. Sleep disturbances interfere with signaling pathways that regulate blood sugar. See your physician if you snore or have problems sleeping. It could save your life.

Source: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, 7:25, 2015

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