Trouble Sleeping? You Could Be at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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Overview: Those who report sleep problems are at increased risk for poor cardiometabolic health problems that can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Source: University of South Australia

As the Christmas season begins to wind down, researchers at the University of South Australia are reminding people to prioritize getting a good night’s sleep, as new research shows that restless sleep may be associated with risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

In the first study of its kind, researchers found that people who reported sleep problems were, on average, more likely to have indicators of poor cardiometabolic health — markers of inflammation, cholesterol and body weight — that may contribute to type 2 diabetes.

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 several aspects of sleep are linked to 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 look at our sleep experience as a whole,” says Dr. Matricciani.

In the first study of its kind, researchers found that people who reported having sleep problems were, on average, more likely to have indicators of poor cardiometabolic health — markers of inflammation, cholesterol and body weight — that may contribute to type 2 diabetes. The picture is in the public domain

“How well we sleep, when we go to bed and get up, and how regular our sleep habits are can be just as important as sleep duration.”

“In this study, we examined the association of different aspects of sleep and risk factors for diabetes, and found an association between those who slept poorly and those who were at risk for type 2 diabetes.”

The study evaluated more than 1,000 Australian adults* with a median age of 44.8 years. Researchers examined a range of sleep characteristics: self-reported sleep problems, duration, timing, efficiency, and daily sleep length variability.

“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 down to it, we know we need to prioritize our sleep to stay in good health. More research is needed, but as this study shows, it’s important to think about sleep as a whole, not just one aspect.”

About this sleep and diabetes research news

Author: Annabelle Mansfield
Source: University of South Australia
Contact: Annabel Mansfield – University of South Australia
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Original research: Closed access.
“Multidimensional Sleep and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes: Exploring Self-Report and Objective Dimensions of Sleep” by Lisa Matricciani et al. Science of self-management and care of diabetes

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Abstract

Multidimensional Sleep and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes: Exploring Self-Report and Objective Dimensions of Sleep

Goal:

The aim of the study was to determine the association between objective and self-reported measures of sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

methods:

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-report sleep problems. Cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes were examined in terms of body mass index and biomarkers of inflammation and dyslipidemia. Generalized estimation equations, corrected for geographic clustering, were used to determine the association between measures of sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Results:

Full case analysis was performed for 1017 parents (87% mothers). Both objective and self-reported measures of sleep were significantly but weakly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors.

Conclusion:

Both objective and self-reported measures of sleep are significantly associated with cardiometabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Self-reported restless sleep is associated with poorer cardiometabolic health, independent of actigraphy-derived sleep parameters.

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