Poor sleep can lead to weight gain and diabetes - National health
It is common knowledge that eating unhealthy food and not exercising regularly can lead to weight ga...
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Poor sleep can lead to weight gain and diabetes - National
It is common knowledge that eating unhealthy food and not exercising regularly can lead to weight
gain and diabetes. Another important consideration in dealing with these serious health problems is
sleep. Investigación y Desarrollo reported on Jan. 3, 2015 poor sleep can cause weight gain and a
susceptibility to diabetes.
It has been observed that people who suffer from breathing and heart rate abnormalities, which is a
condition called obstructive sleep apnea, are more likely to develop diabetes. This risk is increased if
there is a hereditary proclivity for obstructive sleep apnea. In sleep apnea the airways become
blocked which causes interruptions in inhaling for several seconds.
With sleep apnea breathing repeatedly stops and starts and the person often snores loudly reports
Mayo Clinic. Neurology specialist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM),
Rossana Huerta Albarran, said a person who has apnea and diabetes risk factors is likely to develop
the condition. This happens because the sleep disorder causes metabolic changes by increasing
It has also been noted that poor sleep causes weight gain because the brain sends signals which
generate an increase in appetite and the need to consume carbohydrates. This leads to increased
cholesterol levels due to metabolic changes which are generated by the body. When one considers
that obese people are prone to diabetes clearly apnea plays a significant role. This sleep disorder is
not only associated with diabetes, it is also responsible for increases of cholesterol, triglycerides and
the development of hypertension.
Rafael Santana, a medical specialist at the Sleep Disorders Clinic of the UNAM, says it is often said
that sleeping eight hours is appropriate. However, there is actually not a fixed number of sleep
hours which is best for everyone. This actually depends on the age and needs of the body. Consider
that an infant often sleeps up to 16 hours a day. However for some adults four or five hours of sleep
seems to be enough. The quality of sleep is what is really important.
WebMD reports there is a connection between lack of sleep and diabetes. Mark Mahowald, MD, the
director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Hennepin County, says some evidence
exists that sleep deprivation may lead to a pre-diabetic state. Mahowald says that the body's reaction
to sleep loss can appear like insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes.
It has been seen in some studies that people who get less sleep are generally heavier than those who
sleep well. It is well known that being overweight or obese are serious risk factors for the
development of diabetes. It diabetic living chicken recipes is therefore important to eat nutritious
low sugar food, exercise regularly and sleep well to help avoid or treat diabetes.