Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Children who do not get enough sleep face a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than other kids who usually get enough shuteye, a new study by a team of British researchers has revealed.

Obesity and high blood sugar levels are already known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body fails to properly use or produce adequate of the hormone insulin to alter blood sugar into energy.

Now, the new study revealed a strong link between lack of sleep and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

The researchers explained that each additional hour of sleep that kids get at night is linked with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass as well as less accumulation of sugars in the blood.

Pediatric sleep psychologist Stacey Simon, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado, said, “When kids are going to bed very late or sleeping on an irregular schedule, they may also be skipping meals, eating at irregular times, or be less likely to exercise during the day.”

For the study, researchers examined survey data on sleep habits and laboratory results from risk factor tests for diabetes in 4,525 children (age 9 or 10) in the UK.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the journal Pediatrics.