You are on page 1of 3

Sleep influences glucose levels and diabetes risk

Friday, September 30, 2011 by: Kim Evans

Most people know that regularly getting a good night sleep is essential for both health and
mental well being, and new research also shows that a good night sleep can influence
diabetes too.Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently found that obese
teenagers getting too much or too little sleep have disruptions in insulin secretion and higher
blood sugar levels, which are contributing factors to type II diabetes.According to pediatric
endocrinologist and study researcher, Dorit Koren, MD, the association between sleep
deprivation and having an increased risk of type II diabetes is consistent with research in
adults too.
To keep blood sugar levels stable, it was found that the optimal amount of sleep for teenagers
is between 7.5 to 8.5 hours nightly.The researchers studied 62 obese adolescents for over a
day and a half, and the children underwent glucose testing and an overnight sleep study.In
addition to measuring their total sleep time, their stages of sleep, including slow-wave "deep"
sleep and REM dream sleep, were analyzed too.
In doing so, it was found that the children getting either too much or too little sleep had
higher glucose levels, and elevated glucose levels are the determining factor in having
diabetes.They also found that the individuals getting less deep, or slow wave, sleep had
decreased insulin secretion, and insulin keeps our glucose, or blood sugar levels, down.
According to Koren, three out of four high school students report getting too little sleep.Other
research tells us that more than ten percent of the population is chronically sleep deprived.In
more recently published research, having a whole food diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables
and that omits meat and dairy often reverses diabetes, especially type II.
According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, research director for the National Health Association:
"The cure for type II diabetes is already known - removing the cause can reverse the disease,
and the chief cause is excess weight from Western diet and inactivity. The best and safest
'medicine' for a diabetic is a high-nutrient density diet: focused on low-calorie, nutrient-rich
plant foods and exercise."
Dr. Fuhrman also explains that nutrient dense, plant-based diets work not only by helping
individuals lose excess weight, but also by increasing pancreas function and lowering insulin
resistance.As the excess weight is lost, blood pressure normalizes and glucose levels drop,
which effectively eliminates the disease.
He adds that with this diet, the majority of type II diabetics "are able to restore their glucose
levels to the normal range without any further need for medications. They have essentially
become non-diabetic again."

When it comes down to it, it's surprising how much healthcare is really about getting back to
basics with lots of whole foods from nature, exercise, and just getting a good night sleep.
Keyword
Diabetes Mellitus,Insulin,Glucose
main idea paragraf 1 : Most people know that regularly getting a good night sleep is essential
for both health and mental well being, and new research also shows that a good night sleep
can influence diabetes too
Supporting idea : According to pediatric endocrinologist and study researcher, Dorit Koren,
MD, the association between sleep deprivation and having an increased risk of type II
diabetes is consistent with research in adults too.
main idea paragraf 2 : To keep blood sugar levels stable, it was found that the optimal amount
of sleep for teenagers is between 7.5 to 8.5 hours nightly
supporting idea : In addition to measuring their total sleep time, their stages of sleep,
including slow-wave "deep" sleep and REM dream sleep, were analyzed too.
main idea paragraf 3 : In doing so, it was found that the children getting either too much or
too little sleep had higher glucose levels, and elevated glucose levels are the determining
factor in having diabetes
Supporting idea : They also found that the individuals getting less deep, or slow wave, sleep
had decreased insulin secretion, and insulin keeps our glucose, or blood sugar levels, down.
main idea paragraf 4 : According to Koren, three out of four high school students report
getting too little sleep
Supporting idea : Other research tells us that more than ten percent of the population is
chronically sleep deprived
main idea paragraf 5 : none
main idea paragraf 6 : The cure for type II diabetes is already known - removing the cause
can reverse the disease, and the chief cause is excess weight from Western diet and inactivity
Supporting idea : The best and safest 'medicine' for a diabetic is a high-nutrient density diet:
focused on low-calorie, nutrient-rich plant foods and exercise."
main idea paragraf 7 : Dr. Fuhrman also explains that nutrient dense, plant-based diets work
not only by helping individuals lose excess weight, but also by increasing pancreas function
and lowering insulin resistance
Supporting idea : As the excess weight is lost, blood pressure normalizes and glucose levels
drop, which effectively eliminates the disease.
main idea paragraf 8 : They have essentially become non-diabetic again."
Supporting idea : He adds that with this diet, the majority of type II diabetics "are able to
restore their glucose levels to the normal range without any further need for medications
main idea paragraf 9 : When it comes down to it, it's surprising how much healthcare is really
about getting back to basics with lots of whole foods from nature, exercise, and just getting a
good night sleep.

Supporting idea : none


Vocabulary
1. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent
that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or
increased health problems
2. sleep deprived is time to sleep is not enough
3. underwent is when doing something
Sentences
1. excessive weight sign affected by obesity
2. I feel sleepy becausesleep deprived last night
3. we underwent through today with the spirit