After Menopause, Insufficient Sleep May Raise Diabetes Risk


Women who routinely don’t get enough sleep, especially those who have gone through menopause, may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published on November 13 in the journal Diabetes Care.

The findings suggest that inadequate sleep impacts insulin production and metabolism, said coauthor Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, an associate professor of nutritional medicine at the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition in New York City, in a press release.

“The bottom line is that getting adequate sleep each night may lead to better blood sugar control and reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, especially among postmenopausal women,” said Dr. St-Onge.

Women More Likely to Report Not Getting Enough Sleep

Previous studies on inadequate sleep and diabetes risk have focused mainly on men, and usually looked at very short but intense bouts of sleep deprivation. It’s important to study how chronic sleep disturbances specifically impact women’s health for a few reasons, according to the authors. “Throughout their lifespan, women face many changes in their sleep habits due to childbearing, child-rearing, and menopause — and more women than men have the perception they aren’t getting enough sleep,” said St-Onge.


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