A recent study has shown a connection between staying up late and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. According to researchers, sleep habits, quality, timing, along with other factors, play a significant role in a person’s health and their susceptibility to chronic diseases.
Studies continue to emphasize the importance of good sleep for both physical and mental health. The latest study, conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA, indicates a close relationship between staying up late, lack of sleep, and the development of type 2 diabetes.
According to the researchers, sleep habits, their quality, as well as dietary patterns, mood, and psychological state, determine whether people are more prone to diabetes or not.
The study, published on the NewzMed website, reviewed data from more than sixty-four thousand individuals over eight years. It analyzed all aspects of their daily habits, including diet, physical activity, sleep, and other behaviors like smoking. The findings revealed that those who stayed up late were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Previous research had already confirmed the link between lack of sleep and deteriorating health. The body’s response to sleep quality is similar to its response to insulin resistance, leading to increased blood sugar levels and diabetes.
Researchers believe that a healthy lifestyle in all its aspects protects against chronic and health-threatening diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Jozla Fadha, a public health consultant, explains the relationship between staying up late and the risk of diabetes.
The reason is that individuals who were included in the study exhibited unhealthy health behaviors. It turned out that most of those who stayed up late followed unhealthy dietary patterns, smoked heavily, and consumed excessive alcohol. They also had reduced physical activity. In addition to these factors, they were associated with other unhealthy behaviors.
Lack of sleep affects metabolic processes in the body, glucose metabolism, which occurs when a person has metabolic syndrome, which is associated with health symptoms along with chronic diseases, including diabetes.
Lack of sleep leads to insulin resistance or insulin sensitivity. When it decreases, it means that the person has an increase in blood sugar levels.
People who stay up late and wake up early tend to eat less, leaving them eating sugary foods. They also consume large meals, which also raises their blood sugar levels.
People forced to wake up in the morning and stay up late are more exposed to health problems than those who have no commitments forcing them to wake up in the morning.