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Increasing teen’s sleep could lower diabetes risk

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  • Teens
  • sleep length
  • diabetes

American Academy of Sleep Medicine  |  Nov 15, 2012
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A new study of 245 healthy high school students suggest that increasing the amount of sleep that teenagers get could improve their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of diabetes.

Results indicate that higher insulin resistance is associated with shorter sleep duration regardless of race, age, gender, waist size and body mass index

The authors of the study, published in the journal SLEEP suggest that if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve their insulin resistance by 9 percent.

To their knowledge, their study is the only one in healthy adolescents that shows a relationship between shorter sleep and insulin resistance that is independent of obesity.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that most teens need a little more than nine hours of sleep each night.