A major new US study has revealed that people who regularly sleep for less than six hours a night are putting themselves at higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. The research by Warwick Medical School and the State University of New York showed a link between short sleep and the potential development of the condition IFG – incident-impaired fasting glycaemia – a pre-diabetic disorder that relates the body’s ability to regulate glucose.
IFG sufferers are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as well as heart diseases and stroke.
The research investigated data from almost 1500 participants aged between 35 and 79 over a six year period, making it one of the most comprehensive studies on the subject to date.
The connection between short sleep, diabetes and cardiac problems has been made in several earlier studies, however a definitive link has proven to be elusive or at least over-emphasised up to now.
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