It’s no mystery that losing sleep can have serious consequences on your health, as it might cause fatigue, stress, and high blood pressure. However, not only adults are in danger if they are having poor sleep. Recent research discovered children might have a higher risk of developing diabetes if they lose sleep.
If children lose sleep, they get more likely to develop diabetes
Previous studies have also found a possible link between diabetes development and sleep deprivation. Now, a new study published in the Pediatrics journal better analyzes what happens to children if they lose sleep. Researchers from St. George’s University of London looked at data on over 4,500 kids from UK, aged between 9 and 10.
Those who had poorer sleep patterns developed a higher resistance to insulin. This means the body no longer responded as it should have to the insulin hormone, and it became less able to absorb blood sugar than usual. If the problem persists, these children are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Pediatricians recommend that children aged between 6 and 12 should sleep between 9 and 12 hours per day. Those kids who took part in the study had an average of 10.5 hours of rest. Results show the solution to a high diabetes risk in children is simple. They should just increase the time they spend sleeping.
Many factors can increase the risk of diabetes
Also, when people lose sleep, they end up craving foods high in sugar. This happens since sleep deprivation influences two hormones related to appetite, namely ghrelin and leptin. If these hormones’ levels fluctuate, the children’s diets get affected. Also, an irregular sleeping schedule might cause them to skip meals, eat at irregular hours, or exercise less than they should.
If children don’t eat regularly or don’t get enough physical activity, they gain weight. This is another important factor which influences the risk of diabetes. Therefore, a regular sleeping schedule keeps many factors in control, and guarantees one’s health and well-being.
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