The Critical Connection: Sleep and Diabetes

By Shruti Sanwariya

Sleep and Glucose Intolerance

Disrupted sleep patterns like frequent awakenings and irregular sleep exacerbate diabetes in healthy individuals.

Insufficient Sleep

Just 4-5 days of insufficient sleep can reduce insulin sensitivity by 25-30% for healthy youths, resulting in impaired glucose tolerance.

Short Sleep Duration

Individuals sleeping less are 40% more likely to develop diabetes than those with 7-8 hours of sleep, even after considering age, BMI, and family history of diabetes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Moderate to severe OSA is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Its prevalence is rising with obesity rates, significantly contributing to the increased global rate of diabetes.

Type-2 Diabetes

People with a family history of type-2 diabetes should be vigilant as they are more likely to be affected by disrupted sleeping patterns.

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