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article imageMore sleep can help to avoid diabetes

By Tim Sandle     Jun 29, 2013 in Health
Los Angeles - A new study has revealed that getting additional sleep could help to reduce a person's risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
The research has been carried out by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed). The study showed that insulin sensitivity, which relates to the body's ability to clear glucose from the bloodstream, significantly improved after three nights of catch-up sleep at the weekend.
The finding related to men with long-term weekday sleep restrictions. The implication being that the weekend lay-in is beneficial. The announcement was made at the Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
To show this, according to Science Now, researchers monitored 19 non-diabetic men who received only 6.2 hours of sleep each work night, but who tended to get an additional 2 - 3 hours of sleep on weekends. The men slept in the lab for three nights. Some were allowed to sleep 10 hours without interruption, catching up on the sleep that they had lost earlier in the week. Others slept 10 hours with frequent interruption, and still others slept 6 hours without interruption. All the subjects ate the same diet, so the researchers could normalize their insulin and sugar levels.
Arguably the findings are important, especially given that many people in modern societies find their ability to sleep for adequate periods during the week are restricted due to demanding work schedules and busy lifestyles.
Commenting on the research finding, Dr Peter Liu, an LA BioMed lead researcher, told the Daily Express that: "We all know we need to get adequate sleep, but that is often impossible."
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