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Study: Poor sleep may lead to metabolic risks

Jonathan Warren

02.03.2012

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Jonathan Warren
100926939There are all manner of negative issues that are attributed to a lack of sleep, yet a new report seems to add another one to the list. That's because scientists at the University of Rochester discovered that problems getting to sleep in a single or double bed each night may increase someone's risk of diabetes, or at least indicators that point towards it. Researchers from the institution tested the blood of participants for markers of inflammation straight after subjecting them to a stressful period of questioning. Results found that those who saw themselves as poor sleepers had a much greater chance of showing problematic inflammation. This form of inflammation increases the chances of a person developing diabetes, yet it is not an irreversible problem, according to author of the study Kathi Heffner. She said: "There are a lot of sleep problems among older adults. Older adults do not have to sleep poorly. We can intervene on sleep problems in older adulthood. Helping an elderly person become a better sleeper may reduce the risk of poor outcomes associated with inflammation."

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