Diet and exercise are key to maintaining normal blood sugar levels, but now researchers say sleep may play an equally important role in preventing diabetes.
Experts at the University of Buffalo followed nearly 1,500 adults for seven years. They singled out those who had normal blood sugar at the start of the study, but had impaired fasting glucose at the end of the study. These participants were compared to those who had normal blood sugar throughout.
They found how much sleep a participant got played a role in their blood sugar reading. Those who got less than six hours of sleep were nearly five times more likely to have abnormal sugar levels.
Experts say this study confirms previous research that found adequate sleep is critical for overall health. They say sleep should be assessed at all doctors visits.