Wednesday, 2 January 2008



I have written about SLEEPING TIPS IN A SUBTLE WAY and a simple test on HOW INSOMNIAC ARE YOU but I have just found out through an article I read recently that sleep disruption can cause Type 2 Diabetes risk. This risk is rapidly increasing in our modern world now much like an epidemic without us realizing the danger it will pose to our lives.

What do you understand by Type 2 Diabetes? It is a metabolic disorder that is primarily characterized by insulin resistance, relative insulin deficiency and hyperglycemia. It is quite prominent recently amongst adults over 40 years old but now even children and adolescents are affected now.

It was reported that some researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center found out that disrupting sleep damages the body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels, thus potentially raising the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

"Since reduced amounts of deep sleep are typical of aging and of common obesity-related sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, these results suggest that strategies to improve sleep quality, as well as quantity, may help to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in populations at risk," said co-author Dr. Eve Van Cauter, a professor of medicine.

I guessed the increasing pressures and stresses in our modern society have somehow affected our health indirectly. Not many people are aware that our life-style patterns and many stress-generating factors in society, contributed to the growth of diabetes. The increasing population of diabetes patients all around the world has reached an alarming stage that we must no longer ignore.

Diabetes is not a child’s play and the complications it might bring can even result in death. Treatments are rather expensive and majority of people with this illness could not even afford to pay for the medical bills in a long run. As I have written in my yet another article on WATCH YOUR SUGAR LEVEL, monitor your eating habits and have lots of exercises. Do not ever land yourself into obesity. Take life step by step and have your required sleep intake regularly. I assure you that being a diabetic is not a fun thing at all.

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