Sleep: Short Term Deprivation
Previous studies showed deprived people eat more, exercise less, and put on excess weight. This increases the risk of diabetes.
In this study, researchers tested measured glucose levels and fat content in the liver. They found elevated blood glucose in the liver of sleep-deprived rats. These changes were significant after just one 6-hour period of sleep deprivation.
They also measured triglyceride levels in the liver because increased production is linked to increases in insulin resistance. Here too, sleep-deprived rats, showed elevated triglyceride levels.
The authors conclude that sleep deprivation is a risk factor for diabetes, regardless of changes in activity and diet. If this is the case, and further studies back up the findings, ensuring that people with increased diabetes risk have a good sleep routine could be vital.