Lack Of Sleep Causes Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity Because It Alters Gut Bacteria Balance


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December 15, 2016 – Sleep Deprivation Causes Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity Because It Alters Bacteria Balance In The Gut – Researchers

Sleep deprivation changes the balance of gut bacteria, a change that has been scientifically linked to metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and Obesity.

According to a new study publishes in Molecular Metabolism journal, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in a row, the men slept only four hours at night.

The study showed the diversity of gut bacteria didn’t change but sleep loss did alter the balance of the existing groups of bacteria.

Reacting to the development, Senior Study Author, Dr. Jonathan Cedernaes who is with Uppsala University in Sweden, said, these changes parallel some of the differences seen when obese people have been compared with normal-weight people in other studies.

The sleep-deprived participants were also 20 per cent less sensitive to the effects of insulin. This pancreatic hormone helps regulate blood sugar levels, the study found.

[Source: Health Day]

8 thoughts on “Lack Of Sleep Causes Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity Because It Alters Gut Bacteria Balance

  1. So what is the bottom line……. How much sleep do you recommend we have in a day to avoid the avoidable ???

    • Big Aunty Koks, at least eight hours of sleep is recommended by sleep expert. Some experts say between 8-10 hours at least 8 hrs. The science behind this is, having a lot of sleep will cool down your nerves, it balances up your hormones and helps all bacteria in your guts functioning well as well as boosting your immune system.

      Since most of us are money conscious, we sleep less than 5 hours everyday. We work longer hours and deprive ourself of good sleep. It all piles up and affect our health in many ways. Some of them have been highlighted above. Sleep deprivation can also disturbs our daily activities and how our immune system functions.

      I’m still trying to have my eight our sleep but by trying to put food on the table, I deprive myself of 8 hrs sleep but I have been trying to.?

    • Lack of concentration especially students. It makes them not to be able to assimilate anything they learn in schools. In advance Countries they always make it mandatory during parents/teachers meeting to let those kids have enough sleep before they go by their daily activities. Aside, sleep deprivation can cause headache, hormone imbalance, type 2 diabetes, Obesity and weakening your immune system.

      Note, your immune system plays a vital role in your wellness. If you are ill, your immune system i.e your body natural fighter of desease will automatically pop up to play its role to fight off any diseases in your body. Your immune system is located in your gut. Having enough of sleep will help boost your immune system and prepare your body in readiness to fight any foreign invader in your body.

      Many people with strong immune system can fight off disease easily and quickly recover if they become sick. Having a little sleep diminishing your immune system gradually. That is why people with HIV are regarded as having low immune system because their immune system is not strong enough fight off that disease. Some certain foods can boost your immune system too however, one of the ways to help yourself boost your immunity is to make sure you sleep minimum of 8 hrs a day. It goes s long way.

  2. @Jilo, your explanation is very excellent, in addition to that, God designed our body to fight for itself (immune system) and they work well while sleeping, that’s when the repair of our body takes place, especially the internal, but sleeping alone can not do the magic, eating fresh good food and exercise must be included.

    In reverse,8hrs straight sleep? i wonder how this can be achieved in Nigeria as so many factors obstruct it,noise,heat, pollution etc, unless one over booze.

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