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Lack of Sleep Linked to Diabetes and Obesity


A new study, published in the April issue of Science Translational Medicine, discovered that restricting sleep can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm (internal clock). This was found to decrease metabolism among participants and caused a spike in blood glucose after eating. The spike is a sign that the pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin.

Researchers concluded that these effects can add an extra 10 pounds of weight each year, which in turn, leads to increased risk for diabetes. Study author Dr. Orfeu M. Buxton, a neuroscientist and sleep researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told WebMD (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57413000-10391704/study-confirms-not-enough-sleep-raises-diabetes-obesity-risks/), that most Americans who work later hours are setting themselves up for health problems.

"The modern condition of excess work, excess pressure, no sleep -- all this disruption -- we can't adapt well to it metabolically," Buxton told WebMD. "This is a maladaptive response to modern life."

For more information on this study, visit CBSNews.com for the full article (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57413000-10391704/study-confirms-not-enough-sleep-raises-diabetes-obesity-risks/).


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