A new research suggests that children who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
Researchers have analyzed more than 4,500 British kids aged 9 and 10 with their sleep times, body measurements, and blood samples. The observation says children who slept little hours each night tended to show more insulin resistance when the body doesn’t respond properly to the hormone.
Insulin is a peptide hormone that regulates fats, protein and sugar levels. It is considered to be the main hormone of the human body.
The additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with their lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation of sugars in the blood. When the body can’t properly make hormone insulin to convert sugar into energy, obesity and raised blood sugar are high-risk factors for the development of type-2 diabetes.
A senior author Christopher said by email that,“Increasing sleep duration by even half an hour could offer cost advantageous solution to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes and to maintain levels of body fat”.
Type-2 diabetes was so rare in children and used to be called adult diabetes. Millions of kids worldwide are obese, don’t get enough sleep and consume heavy and sugary food which has made it a common childhood health problem.
According to the researchers, parents should focus on limiting the use of mobile phones and making sure the bedroom is totally dark at night.