Summary: Those who report sleep disturbances are at increased risk for poor cardiometabolic health issues that can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Source: University of South Australia
As the Christmas season begins to pick up speed, researchers at the University of South Australia are reminding people to prioritize a good night’s sleep as new research shows troubled sleep can be associated risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
In the first study of its kind, researchers found that people who reported sleep disturbances were on average more likely to have indicators of poor cardiometabolic health – inflammatory markers, cholesterol and body weight – which may contribute to diabetes. kind 2.
In Australia, nearly one million adults have type 2 diabetes. Worldwide, type 2 diabetes affects more than 422 million people.
UniSA researcher Dr Lisa Matricciani says different aspects of sleep are associated with risk factors for diabetes.
“Everyone knows that sleep is important. But when we think about sleep, we mainly focus on the number of hours of sleep we get, when we should also consider our sleep experience as a whole,” says Dr. Matricciani.
“The quality of our sleep, the time we go to bed and get up, and the regularity of our sleep patterns can be just as important as the duration of sleep.”
“In this study, we looked at the association of different aspects of sleep and risk factors for diabetes, and found a link between those who had trouble sleeping and those who were at risk for type 2 diabetes.”
The study assessed over 1,000 Australian adults* with a median age of 44.8 years. The researchers looked at a range of sleep characteristics: self-reported sleep disturbances, duration, timing, efficiency, and variability in day-to-day sleep duration.
“People who reported having trouble sleeping were also more likely to have higher body mass index, as well as blood markers of cholesterol and inflammation,” says Dr. Matricciani.
“When it comes to the crisis, we know we need to prioritize our sleep to stay healthy. More research is needed, but as this study shows, it’s important to think about sleep as a whole, and not just as an aspect.
About this sleep and diabetes research news
Author: Annabel Mansfield
Source: University of South Australia
Contact: Annabel Mansfield – University of South Australia
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“Multidimensional sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes: examination of self-report and objective dimensions of sleep” by Lisa Matricciani et al. Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care
Multidimensional sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes: review of self-report and objective dimensions of sleep
The aim of the study was to determine the association between objective, self-reported measures of sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
This study examines data on Australian adults, collected as part of the Child Health CheckPoint Study. Sleep was examined in terms of actigraphy-derived sleep duration, timing, efficiency, and variability; and self-reported sleep disturbances. Cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes were examined in terms of body mass index and biomarkers of inflammation and dyslipidemia. Generalized estimating equations, adjusted for geographic clustering, were used to determine the association between sleep measures and cardiometabolic risk factors.
A full case analysis was conducted for 1017 parents (87% mothers). Objective and self-reported measures of sleep were significantly but weakly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors.
Both objective and self-reported measures of sleep are significantly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Self-reported disturbed sleep is associated with poorer cardiometabolic health, independent of actigraphy-derived sleep parameters.
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