Sleep And Diabetes Type 2

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The Connection Between Sleep And Type 2 Diabetes

A good night’s sleep may be one of the greatest gifts on earth. Especially to those who struggle to get it! Poor sleep can lead to an array of health issues – including increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. But how? It turns out it may have something to do with a relationship between two hormones – insulin and melatonin. Hormonal interaction Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. Insulin acts to shepherd glucose in the blood into cells for use. Melatonin is the master timekeeper of the body, regulating other hormones and maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm over a 24 hour night and day cycle. Melatonin is a hormone of the night, rising slowly throughout day and in full swing by bedtime, then zapped away by exposure to light.5 You can begin to guess what kind of impact our technologically rich world may be having on melatonin production! But what on earth does melatonin have to do with type 2 diabetes, I hear you cry? Let’s find out. The study Researchers from Lund University Sweden wanted to gain further insight into the relationship between melatonin and insulin.4 They already understoo Continue reading >>

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