Lack of sleep nearly triples risk of gestational diabetes | Daily Mail Online
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Pregnant women who got less than 6.25 hours of sleep were 70 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes than others, a new study shows
The pregnancy-related form of diabetes usually subsides after the mother delivers, but puts her at about seven times greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life
Gestational diabetes also increases the odds that the baby will be larger than average, which can complicate delivery
It is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and obesity later in the baby's life
Pregnant women who got less than 6.25 hours of sleep each night were 70 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes than others, according to a new meta-analysis of two sets of studies.
Thepregnancy-related form of diabetes is marked by elevated blood sugar levels.
It can lead to higher birth weights and can put both mother and baby at higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life.
The University of Illinois at Chicago study adds to a body of research linking insufficient sleep - which is more common among women, than men, and especially common in pregnant women - to other complications like postpartum depression .
Pregnant women may need slightly more sleep than the seven hours recommended for adults. A new study links not getting enough sleep to an increased chance of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is common among pregnant women, but rarely comes with any symptoms besides high blood sugar, only detectable with a blood Continue reading