Napping Found to Raise Diabetes Risk

By Vibecke Gudmundsen

Regular napping is dramatically raising the risk to develop diabetes, according to new research.

The study conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham has found that people who sleep for short periods during the day are up to 26% more likely to evoke type-2 diabetes.

“There is an obvious link between sleeping for short periods and type-2 diabetes, even with other factors taken into account”, said Dr Shahrad Taheri, from the University of Birmingham.

Other contributing factors are the weight of the subjects and unhealthy life styles. These were confirmed by the study, in addition to poor night time sleep.

The research examined the sleeping habits of 16,480 older people in China. A large proportion of the group, 68%, took regular naps and the research found that napping just once a week increased the likelihood of developing the condition.

Dr Taheri said the study was satisfying. He said: “Our research provides us with an additional insight on the risk factors behind type-2 diabetes”.

“As the number of people with type-2 diabetes keeps increasing, it is crucial that we do everything we can to help prevent people from developing the condition.”

The results of the study is due to be presented at Diabetes UK‘s annual professional conference in Glasgow on Wednesday March 11.