Studies on the connection between insomnia and diabetes type 2
A study published in Diabetologia has recently identified insomnia as the newest risk factor of type 2 diabetes. The study found that people with insomnia have a 17 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the risk decreased from 17 to 7 percent after the researchers adjusted the BMI of the participants with insomnia. As it turns out, BMI also plays an important role.
The researchers of the study believe that their findings will influence health policies to focus on preventive strategies for type 2 diabetes. These health policies must have preventive strategies that are constructed from multiple perspectives, such as bringing down the rates of obesity, smoking, and enhancing mental health, quality of sleep, and education.
More research findings
Another study also looked into the relationship between chronic insomnia and type 2 diabetes. The researchers conducted the study by monitoring their participants (people with insomnia) for six years. Here are their findings:
- At the end of the study, it showed that people with insomnia are 16 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than others.
- Among those with the sleeping disorder, participants 40 years old and younger are more at risk of type 2 diabetes than their older counterparts.
- Those 40 and under who have insomnia are 31 percent more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those without the sleeping problem of the same age.
- Participants with insomnia who are 41 to 65 years old have a higher risk of type diabetes by 24 percent than those without insomnia in the same age group.
- And lastly, people with the same sleeping disorder ages 66 and older are more vulnerable to type 2 diabetes by 6 percent than those in the same age group without insomnia.
- Participants with chronic insomnia or have been experiencing difficulty sleeping for about eight years have a 50 percent risk of acquiring the chronic disease than those without sleep disorders. On the other hand, those who have insomnia for about 4 years have a 14 percent higher risk of having the disease than those without the disorder.
How does insomnia increase a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes?
Sleep plays an essential role in maintaining a person’s health and well-being. However, if a person has insomnia, it will be difficult for them to have high quality sleep every night.