Teenagers who have a balanced sleeping pattern are less likely
to develop diabetes, new research has discovered.
According to a study carried out by the University of Pittsburgh's
Department of Psychiatry, insulin resistance can be improved by
nine per cent if youngsters get one hour extra of sleep a night in
Karen Matthews, lead author of the investigation, which will
appear in the October issue of the journal SLEEP, stated: "High
levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of
The sleep duration and insulin resistance levels of 245 healthy
high school students were monitored and it was found that higher
insulin resistance is associated with shorter slumber
Ms Matthews observed this is the first time that a study has
discovered such a link between the two factors, independent of
As a result of the findings, the authors believe that teenagers
should be encouraged to extend their nightly sleep.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes