Sleep Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep? by Mei Marcie

Sleep Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Diabetes is a common health condition affecting adults, and increasingly children. Various studies have examined different factors affecting diabetes risk, and in this study, researchers from St. George's, University of London, set out to examine the potential link between sleep duration and Type 2 diabetes risk in children.

From examining 4,525 multiethnic children between the ages of 9 and 10 years, researchers found that the shorter the sleep duration, the higher the children’s levels of body fat. Just a one-hour-longer sleep duration was associated with 0.19 lower body mass index (BMI) and 0.03 kg lower fat mass index. There was also an inverse correlation between sleep duration and insulin levels, insulin resistance and blood sugar levels.

On the other hand, increasing the mean sleep length during the weekday by 30 minutes could lead to a decrease in BMI of 0.1 kg per square meter and a decrease in insulin resistance. While this study does not show causation, it is worthwhile for parents to remember that sleep is important, and grade school kids should have 9 to 12 hours of sleep daily. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics

Read more about sleep and diabetes risk in kids via MNT.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Sleep Your Way to Good Health: 3 Tips to Get the Zzzz's You Need!

Sleep Deprived? Pay Off Your Sleep Debts & Your Body & Mind Will Thank You!

start discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Signs of Metabolic Syndrome: 5 Things to Pay Attention to Now (Especially If You're Over 40)

Social Distancing Tips: 15 Ways to Stay Both Sane & Safe During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Pick Up the Pace When Walking: Study Finds That Slow Walkers Are More Likely to Die From COVID-19

Heart Disease Prevention: ​How Taking A Self-Inventory of Your Health Could Save Your Life

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for and get the best of our tips each week!