A Harvard University study claims too little or too much sleep puts older women at a risk for diabetes.
Older women who get too little or even too much sleep are at greater risk of diabetes, new research suggests. The study suggests that chronic short sleep duration of six hours or less, or increasing average sleeping time by two hours or more over a period of several years, increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and older women.
Researchers concluded that increasing sleep duration by two hours or more increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 15 per cent -even factoring in variations in diet, physical activity, snoring, sleep apnoea, depression and bodymass index (BMI).Previous research has shown that too much or too little sleep increases the risk of diabetes, with the lowest risk shown for those who sleep between seven and eight hours per day.
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