Navigation Links
Insomnia linked to high insulin resistance in diabetics
Date:5/2/2011

In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease.

The findings, published in the June issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that poor sleep may contribute to worse outcomes in people with diabetes.

"Poor sleep quality in people with diabetes was associated with worse control of their blood glucose levels," said Kristen Knutson, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and lead author of the study. "People who have a hard time controlling their blood glucose levels have a greater risk of complications. They have a reduced quality of life. And, they have a reduced life expectancy."

People with diabetes generally have poorer sleep than the general population, and poor sleep has been proposed as a risk factor for developing the disease. Sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, are more prevalent in people with type 2 diabetes, Knutson said.

For the study, researchers monitored the sleep of 40 people with diabetes for six nights. The subjects also reported if they generally suffered from symptoms of sleep disturbances like insomnia, snoring or sleep apnea. At clinical examinations, they gave blood samples to allow researchers to measure insulin and glucose levels.

The subjects wore activity monitors on their wrists at night, which measure their wrist movements throughout the night. Poor sleep, or insomnia, was determined by both poor sleep quality based on the activity monitors and the subject telling the researchers that they often had a hard time falling asleep or woke up during the night.

Among the diabetics, poor sleepers had 23% higher blood glucose levels in the morning, and 48% higher blood insulin levels. Using these numbers to estimate a person's insulin resistance, the researchers found that poor sleepers with diabetes had 82% higher insulin resistance than normal sleepers with diabetes.

Knutson said the next step for researchers is to see if treating poor sleep can improve long-term outcomes and quality of life for diabetics. "For someone who already has diabetes, adding a sleep treatment intervention, whether it's treating sleep apnea or treating insomnia, may be an additional help for them to control their disease," Knutson said.

In fact, restoring a healthy amount of sleep may be as powerful an intervention as the drugs currently used to treat type 2 diabetes. "This suggests that improving sleep quality in diabetics would have a similar beneficial effect as the most commonly used anti-diabetes drugs," said Eve Van Cauter, PhD, professor of medicine and co-author of the study.

Further investigation into which leads to the other the chronic poor sleep or chronic insulin resistance could improve the quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes. "Anything that we can do to help people improve their ability to control their glucose will help their lives in the long run," Knutson said.

The data was collected as part of the CARDIA study, an ongoing longitudinal study of the heart health. It has tracked thousands of people for over 20 years.


'/>"/>

Contact: Dianna Douglas
dianna.douglas@gmail.com
773-896-5457
University of Chicago Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. 1 in every 5 Spaniards suffers from insomnia
2. Insomnia after myocardial infarction
3. Loud snoring and insomnia symptoms predict the development of the metabolic syndrome
4. Study finds an increased risk of death in men with insomnia and a short sleep duration
5. New study suggests tart cherry juice can be a natural solution for insomnia
6. Brain Balancing Gives Hope for Sufferers of Depression, Stress, and Insomnia at New Life Brain Center
7. Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to More Aggressive Breast Cancers
8. Medical sleuthing linked muscle, kidney problems to kava tea
9. Being Housebound Linked to Alzheimers in Elderly
10. Mental Disorders Linked to Drug, Alcohol Abuse in U.S. Vets
11. Newer Pill Linked to Higher Risk of Blood Clots
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... – a web application that helps people assess their risk of developing Alzheimer’s ... app will provide users a “Risk Reduction Score™” that summarizes how their lifestyle ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... devastating consequences of inappropriate or excessive levels of alcohol use. Alcohol and its ... fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to the susceptibility to strokes in those 65 years and ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... SELEX (systematic evolution of ... a random library of sequences depending on their attraction for a target molecule. ... selection is commonly performed using filters, panning, or affinity chromatography separations. However, these ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Chicago (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... has hired award-winning creative director Joe Ferrazano to serve in the newly created ... Ferrazano will be overseeing the agency’s creative efforts in the Chicago and LA ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... Elizabeth Murray ... pet parrots to join her with one on her shoulder and one on her ... a parking lot because of years of mitral valve prolapse. , The valves of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016  While nearly three-quarters of ... can have on their health, only about half report ... to the results of a new survey announced today ... the start of National Osteoporosis Month, Hologic is raising ... affects nearly 56 million Americans. Osteoporosis is ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... April 29, 2016 ReportsnReports.com ... 2016" market research report that provides an overview ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ... reviews key players involved in the therapeutic development ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... life science laboratory due to the growing demands for ... advance technology, contemporary automated systems are already adept of ... by slow, tedious and manual labor. Instrumentation continues to ... not even conceivable just a few years ago. Originally ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: