The researchers supervising the study, after collecting data from more than 1,000 scientific studies on diabetes, found that people who suffer from insomnia are at a 17 percent risk compared to those who sleep well.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the researchers revealed that type 2 diabetes is linked in most cases to being overweight or obese, lack of adequate exercise and consuming a lot of sugar, but the new study found that those suffering from insomnia were more 17% more likely to develop diabetes than they sleep well.
The researchers stressed that sleep deprivation causes changes in the hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, making people more likely to overeat, especially sugary foods, which increases the risk of obesity and diabetes.
In the same context, previous studies also pointed to the presence of a defective gene that cuts the link between our 24-hour rhythm or the biological clock, and the secretion of the hormone insulin, which keeps blood sugar levels under control.
The British are also the most sleep-deprived people in Europe, with nearly two-thirds of adults admitting they don’t get the recommended seven hours a night, which increases preventable risk factors that may contribute to type 2 diabetes. Which affects about 4 million Britons.
For her part, Professor Susanna Larson of the Karolinska Institute said that our study confirmed that insomnia is one of the main risk factors that increase the adoption of unhealthy habits, such as eating foods that contain sugars, which increases the incidence of type 2 diabetes.