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Sleep more to avoid diabetes

Diabetes can deplete you. In fact, fatigue is a symptom of the disease. But there is another side of the coin: the role of sleep in the prevention of diabetes and how lack of sleep can increase the chances of developing it. This new data suggests that sleep is as important as diet when it comes to preventing this condition. Keep reading and run to find your pillow! 
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ay is increasingly demanding and to fulfill everything we should or want to do, many times we steal hours from rest. It's not a good idea. It has already been shown that the quantity and quality of sleep are as necessary for health as eating well. For example, it has not only been related to not resting well with an increase in stress , but also with obesity, with possible heart problems and with a decrease in testosterone levels . Even sleeping well can be key to improving appearance , and also to improve athletic performance . Now, a new study has linked the few hours of sleep with the development of diabetes . The novelty of this analysis, published in the October 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine , is that it studies the way fat cells respond to sleepless nights (while most previous studies evaluated the effects of lack of sleep in the brain ). And what was found in that new investigation? That just as lack of sleep makes one feel tired and sleepy, the same happens with the metabolism, which would also behave abnormally and, apparently, would not respond in the same way to insulin, a hormone that is produced in the pancreas and that controls the amount of sugar or glucose in the blood (remember that glucose is important because it is the main source of energy of the cells, but when its level remains high in the blood it can turn into diabetes).
To arrive at this data, researchers from the Medical Center of the University of Chicago, in the United States, recruited a small group of healthy young people of normal weight, around 24 years of age, in a sleep laboratory, and asked them to for four nights they slept 8 and 1/2 hours to simulate adequate rest, and for another four nights 4 and ½ hours to simulate sleep deprivation (the four-night periods of sleep simulations were separated by a four-week interval) . Then, after each four-day simulation, the researchers measured how the participants processed glucose and sampled fat cells from each of their abdomen. Thus they found that being deprived of sleep, the ability of fat cells to respond to insulin was 30 percent lower and that insulin levels were almost three times higher than when participants had rested well. This suggests that there was insulin resistance , insulin was not working well and therefore the pancreas was compensating trying to produce more. This is not the first time that sleep is related to diabetes. For some time now specialists have been looking for a relationship between adequate rest and this condition. That is why some scientists say that sleeping well when you have diabetes is as important as following a healthy and balanced diet to treat the disease. Others, in addition, add that not resting well or a bad rest makes people with diabetes eat more, because to get the energy they do not recover when they sleep they look for other sources, such as carbohydrates or other foods. In addition, there seems to be a relationship between diabetes and one of the sleep disorders known as sleep apnea , which occurs when the person stops breathing for a few seconds while sleeping (in general people can suspect it if they snore while sleeping, although feeling tired during the day can also be one of the signs of this condition). To move forward in this direction, researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center are now recruiting people who are overweight and have sleep apnea, to conduct an upcoming study that will seek to detect whether treating sleep apnea has an effect on the metabolism of body. Meanwhile, these findings help to understand how lack of sleep can influence what is known as metabolic syndrome , which is a group of risk factors that, together, increase the chances of suffering from heart disease, stroke and diabetes. type 2. And you, are you resting well? Now that you know what is at stake, when you think about everything you have to do, remember to include a good rest on your to-do list, getting enough sleep is not a luxury. If you suffer from insomnia , talk to your doctor ... happy dreams!