1st October, 2012, London: According to a new study, prolonged sleep hours may reduce the risk of diabetes in youth. Karen Matthews, the lead author of the study, stated that high levels of insulin resistance might lead to the development of diabetes. The researchers discovered that if teens, who generally get 6 hours of sleep each night, now get an extra hour of sleep, they would meliorate insulin resistance by nine per cent.
University of Pittsburgh researchers detected that if teenagers get to sleep for more hours; that would improve their insulin resistance and thereby stop diabetes problems in future. The researchers tracked down the sleep duration as well as the levels of insulin resistance of around 245 high school students.
Students who took part were given a fasting blood draw. They also wore a wrist actigraph and maintained a sleep log for a week during their school year. Actigraphy showed that the sleep duration averaged 6.4 for seven days with school days lower than weekends.
Results revealed that higher insulin resistance is linked with short sleeping time independent of body mass index, waist circumference, gender, age and race. The research result will be published in SLEEP journal.