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More sleep may ward off diabetes, says study

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Lack of sleep raises insulin resistance in teens

Lack of sleep raises insulin resistance in teens
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A study to appear in the Oct. issue of the journal SLEEP monitored 245 healthy teens, tracking both their sleep and the insulin resistance. The study revealed that lack of sleep increases insulin resistance in teens, says a Sept. 29 press release issued by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

According to the results of the study, getting an extra hour of sleep decreased insulin resistance by 9 percent. The teens in the study averaged a mere 6.4 hours of sleep a night.

Insulin resistance prevents the body from properly metabolizing glucose, found in carbohydrates and sugars, and leads todiabetes.

According to the 2006 Sleep Study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 62 percent of teens in grades 9 through 12 are sleep deprived. It has been long known that sleep deprivation in teens and children has a negative impact on both their social and academic lives, but this is the first evidence that it may put them at risk for diabetes, too.

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