Prediabetic? Go to bed earlier!

One in three people in the United States are living with a condition known as prediabetes, a level of insulin resistance that is just one step short of full-blown diabetes. Diabetes wreaks havoc on almost every part of the body, and the complications associated with it include some of the most serious and illnesses, including heart disease and stroke.

Although such a high percentage of people have prediabetes, a shocking 90% of them are unaware of it. Although their blood sugar levels are not high enough to establish a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, their risk of stroke and heart disease is far higher than those people without prediabetes.

The correlation between overweight and diabetes is well known, but what is less commonly known is that insufficient sleep is also a risk factor for both obesity and diabetes. Lest you think that getting a solid night’s sleep counteracts the negative effects of being a night owl, a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology showed that keeping late hours is an independent risk factor for becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes

This research confirms at least part of Ben Franklin’s maxim: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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