Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Diabetes in Teens, Researchers

According to a recent medical study, being sleep deprived can upset blood sugar levels.

On Tuesday, the study of obese teens, published in the journal Diabetes Care, observed 62 overweight U.S. teens roughly 14 years old. The optimal amount of sleep for the youth is at least 7.5 to 8.5 hours per night.

The teens contributed in the overnight sleep study so professionals could examine their stages of sleep and glucose levels. Getting excess or scanty sleep was linked with elevated glucose levels, study discovered.

Dorit Koren, an author of the study says, “Our study found to keep glucose levels stable, the optimal amount of sleep for teenagers is 7.5 to 8.5 hours per night.”

Moreover, the research on adults also implies a relationship between sleep deprivation and enhanced risk of Type 2 diabetes, the study’s authors stated. Getting little deep sleep was also related to modest insulin secretion in the teens.

In future, the researchers intend to observe the sleep patterns of obese teenagers at home.

The study was financed by the Pennsylvania State Tobacco Settlement Fund and the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources.

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