Short, irregular sleep patterns may elevate diabetes risk

04/11/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Sleep deprivation and disruptions in circadian rhythms resulted in lower fasting plasma insulin, postprandial peak insulin and integrated plasma insulin concentrations in healthy participants, according to a study in Science Translational Medicine. Researchers also noted an 8% mean reduction in resting metabolic rate, which may lead to an annual weight gain of 10 pounds in the absence of dietary and exercise changes.

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