Short Night Sleeping and Day Napping Increase Risk of Diabetes in Older Adults

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Less night time sleeping and napping during daytime are associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes in older adults.  The findings are based on the result of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP Diet and Health Study which involved 174,542 participants.

Researchers compared the hours of day napping and night sleeping, collected between 1996 and 1997, to diabetes cases diagnosed between 2000 and 2006.

The investigator discovered that short night sleeping or long day napping were associated with a higher risk of diabetes.  The researchers suggested changing napping habit may change the association between sleep duration and diabetes.

Gray bricks wallXu O. et.al. Diabetes Care (01/10) Vol. 33, No. 1, P. 78

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