Extracting from the article published in The Straits Times, it is alarming that “Last year, 11.3 per cent of the population had diabetes, up from 9 per cent in 2004, according to National Health Survey.” Most sufferers have Type 2 diabetes- the kind linked to poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise and lifestyle- and the problem is spreading as “people in the developing world adopt more Western lifestyles.”
Diabetics have inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, damage to the kidneys or nerves, and blindness. However, many are caught unaware when they are developing prediabetes symptoms which eventually lead to diabetes in less than 5 years later.
Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have "prediabetes"—blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
One of the crucial factors which can lead to diabetes is poor sleep. Lack of sleep also reduces the release of appetite controlling chemicals in our body. This causes obesity and paves path for type2 diabetes. Sleeping less than six hours each weeknight makes you four-and-a-half times more likely to develop prediabetes, according to a study presented at a recent American Heart Association conference.
Prediabetes already afflicts 57 million Americans, and 25% of them will develop Type 2 diabetes. The researchers say sleep may be crucial in helping manage hormones that control blood sugar. These are some symptoms you could look out for if you are concerned whether you are at risk:
- increase in urination
- increased feeling of thirst
- marked weight loss
- feeling of being ill
Fortunately, pre-diabetes does not automatically become irreversible Type 2 diabetes if one can correct their lifestyle changes to a healthier one with nutritious diet, adequate sleep and a regular exercise routine.
By the above discussion we can conclude that diabetic patients need to keep an eye on their sleep habits and also pre-diabetics who are at risk for conversion to Type 2 diabetes. A sound sleep always improves your general health and reduces the risk of diabetes as well as other diseases.
No one can deny or undermine the refreshing importance of sound sleep. Isn’t it so?
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