New York: A 90-minute reduction in sleep per night can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women, a study has found.
According to experts at New York’s Columbia University, lack of sleep puts stress on insulin-producing cells, causing them to malfunction. As a result, blood sugar levels rise and women’s risks of developing type 2 diabetes increase.
The results of the research show for the first time that even a modest reduction in sleep for just six weeks can cause changes in the body and increase the risk of disease.
The researchers’ goal in the study was to focus on women because previous studies have shown that poor sleep has a greater impact on cardiometabolic (cardiometabolic) health in women than in men, and that total or partial sleep A slight deficiency in I impairs glucose metabolism.
The study was conducted on 38 healthy women (including 11 postmenopausal women) who got at least seven hours of sleep each night.
The women wore devices that monitored their sleep, their insulin, glucose and body fat for six weeks. These women were also asked to reduce their sleep duration by one and a half hours and take six hours of sleep for six weeks.
The study found that sleep deprivation caused a 12 percent increase in insulin levels overall, compared to a 15 percent increase in premenopausal women. While insulin resistance was 15 percent overall, the rate was more than 20 percent in postmenopausal women.