I am frequently asked, "How does insomnia put you at risk of diabetes?"

If you are getting only four or five hours of sleep at night, you are in partial sleep deprivation. Research shows that this can increase your risk of developing chronic inflammation and/or diabetes.

If your blood sugar levels are out of whack, you probably also are not sleeping well.  Evidence is mounting to suggest that not sleeping well can lead to conditions of pre-diabetes, which increases your risk of getting the full-blown condition of Type II diabetes.

Here’s how that can happen:

Excess blood sugar (glucose) circulating in the bloodstream creates a reaction similar to insulin resistance, which can lead to Type II diabetes.

What exactly is insulin resistance?

The role of insulin is to absorb the excess blood sugar, storing it temporarily in the liver, muscles, and other tissues, so that this excess is not circulating in the bloodstream. When there is insulin resistance, the insulin is not being utilized efficiently or properly, meaning it is not doing its job of removing the excess sugar (glucose) in the blood, so blood sugar levels build up.

When your blood sugar gets too high, the kidneys go into action trying to bring the levels down, so you urinate a lot. That means you are probably getting up frequently during the night to go to the bathroom—and that means you are not getting a good night’s rest. That makes you chronically tired.

If you are tired, you want to get energy from somewhere, so you tend to eat more--especially foods high in sugar or other foods which give a temporary energy boost. These high sugar-containing foods cause blood sugar levels to spike. The body wants to maintain a constant level of circulating blood sugar—not too high and not too low.

Fewer hours of restful sleep means compromising the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates efficiently, leading to increased fat storage.  Again, this leads to excess sugar circulating in the bloodstream, insulin resistance, and the condition of diabetes.

How Insomnia Puts You At Risk Of Diabetes:

The question "can insomnia cause diabetes" can stir debate among medical professionals. While there is plenty of evidence that people with diabetes may experience periods of insomnia, is it true that insomnia can actually cause diabetes in otherwise healthy people?

The findings in a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology may surprise many people. While the study was admittedly small compared to most medical studies, it did provide some insight into the question can insomnia cause diabetes.

Many people understand the link between being overweight and developing diabetes. Also, those with a family history of the disease are much more likely to develop it at some point in their lives.

So diabetes can cause insomnia, but how can insomnia cause diabetes? The study mentioned above found that if the adults being studied were otherwise healthy that the ability of the body to process insulin was diminished in those who did not get enough sleep.

Particularly disturbing were the findings that even suffering from insomnia for ONE NIGHT can bring on such findings. In general, said the study, there is a link between the ability of the body to process insulin and the amount and quality of sleep that one gets.

Because the study was quite small, more clinical research would be needed to call the findings conclusive but they are, at the very least, quite interesting

By the way, do you want to learn more about how insomnia puts you at risk of diabetes and how it can be treated naturally? The video tells of natural ways to fix insomnia and also the tragic consequences of not paying attention to your fatigue.

                                                                                                                                 Best wishes always,



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By the way, do you want to learn more about how insomnia puts you at risk of diabetes and how it can be treated naturally? The video tells of natural ways to fix insomnia and also the tragic consequences of not paying attention to your fatigue.

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