Sleep & Diabetes

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We all have been told how important sleep is to our health.  You may think this only has an effect on our energy and alertness, but it goes far beyond that.

A new study looked to see if there was an association between melatonin levels (our sleep hormone) and risk of type II diabetes.  They found 370 women who had given blood and urine samples in the year 2000 who then later on developed type II diabetes.

They were matched with an equal size control group.  The results showed that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had twice the risk of developing type II diabetes than those with the highest levels.

This research suggests that sleep may have an effect on maintaining blood sugar levels.

JAMA 2013

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