Lack of sleep may increase diabetes risk in overweight teens

Studies suggest that overweight teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Dorit Koren, pediatric endocrinologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the lead author of the study, which appears in the current issue of the online journal Diabetes Care.

About 75 percent of high school students aren’t getting the recommended 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep a night, and not meeting this number can be bad news for insulin production.

“Reduced insulin secretion may lead to the higher glucose levels that we found in subjects who had insufficient sleep,” said Koren. “We will seek to confirm these findings with home-based studies of sleep patterns in obese teenagers. In the meantime, our study reinforces the idea that getting adequate sleep in adolescence may help protect against type 2 diabetes.”

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