Diabetes Risk Factors

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In an article written by Kathryn Doyle, “Sleep-deprived teens may have more diabetes risk factors,” she researches several studies that show that teens that get less than eight hours of sleep at night are more likely to be resistant to insulin and may eventually get type 2 diabetes. Doyle’s research can be supported by another study, done by Denise Mann, who interviewed Dr. Lynn Maarouf, said that the high majority of Maarouf’s diabetic patients get poor sleep at night. Not only can less sleep increase your risk of diabetes, but diabetes, itself, can cause sleep loss as well.
A study performed by Japanese doctors (Kawakami) shows that a possible explanation for the increased diabetes risk factors was an increased nervous activity associated
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Being overweight, or obese, is a definite risk factor for the development of diabetes. Diabetes also raises the risk of having sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.
One of the symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes includes being thirsty and having to urinate often. Because of this, a diabetic may wake up several times during the night to drink water or use the bathroom; as a result, one’s sleep patterns may be very irregular, and, ultimately, very harmful.
One of the many factors of diabetes is high and/or low blood sugar levels. If you have blood sugar levels that are too high (120 ), one may find themselves tired throughout the following morning/day. A study published in “Diabetes Care” examined the sleep of 40 people with type 2 diabetes over a period of six nights. It was shown that:
“…the diabetics who were also poor sleepers had 23 percent higher levels of blood glucose in the morning, as well as 48 percent higher levels of blood insulin. For insulin resistance, these figures meant that poor sleepers with diabetes had 82 percent higher insulin resistance than normal sleepers with diabetes” (“Poor Sleep Raises…”
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One may seek after medicine, which may only provide a temporary cure but not a long-term remedy. The best way to control one’s diabetes is through healthy dietary habits and good, wholesome exercise. Dr. Neil Nedley, author of Proof Positive, highly recommends a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber vegetarian diet for diabetics. The benefits of this diet are that it reduces levels of serum cholesterol and triglycerides, reduces blood pressure in those with hypertension, reduces body weight in the obese, improves glycemic control and much more (Nedley 180). Fiber is found only in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Through this diet, it has been demonstrated to improve diabetes
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