Results of a study shown at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting showed that people not getting enough sleep during the week were more likely to develop the conditions.
The study looked at the sleeping habits of 522 people to find out what their “sleep debt” was. i.e the difference between nightly hours sleep during the week compared to weekends. The stress of everyday life and shift work means that it is easy for people to not get enough sleep during the week and compensate at weekends in order to catch up.
So it’s more important we are the right weight to get a good sleep and that we get enough sleep to maintain a good weight and prevent diabetes. Otherwise it can be a negative spiral, unless it’s dealt with.
Good news is that a new study has found that diabetic subjects, with a BMI of 34, who went on a very low calorie diet, taking slimming drinks of 1000Kcal/day actually reversed the factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes, such as reduced liver fat, reduced blood glucose levels and increased insulin sensitivity!
For every 1Kg of body weight lost = 16% reduction of risk of diabetes.
Yes teenagers are meant to sleep longer than us… so if you have a teenager ‘fermenting’ whilst laying in their bed all morning, you need to resist getting cross with them, as it’s what their mind and body needs for optimum development. Plus their hormonal circadian rhythms are different to us, which means they do find it harder to drop off to sleep, hence go to bed later and get up later. Remember that feeling when you were a teenager?
How many hours does your family get a night? Do you need to make a change?