The study shows that deprivation of a good sleep one night on insulin sensitivity same negative effect as very fat diet six months.
"When the body becomes less sensitive to insulin (ie insulin resistance), it is forced to produce more to maintain blood glucose at a stable level. This can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes, a disease that prevents the body to respond to insulin correctly - there is too much sugar in the blood. Diabetes is associated with a number of serious complications, including heart disease. Obese people more likely to develop insulin resistance and therefore to diabetes, "the researchers show, quoted by Agerpres.
The study suggests that a night of total sleep deprivation can be as damaging to insulin sensitivity as six months of diet rich in fat.
The research demonstrates the importance of good sleep to maintain blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.