Less sensitivity to insulin may be directly linked to poor sleep.
In a recent study published in PNAS, it was described that disturbances in the deep sleep stage result in insulin resistance.
Although using a reduced number of test subjects, it was demonstrated that in over 80% of the cases a disturbed sleep leads to a reduced insulin response and thus higher blood glucose levels.
Following previous results from the same researchers, in which it was shown that less sleep also reduced the insulin response, it is now clear that not only the quantity but also the quality of sleep might be a factor for the development of type II diabetes.
The importance of such studies is paramount to understand and act in order to antagonize the high prevalence of type II diabetes and other metabolism-related disorders.
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