More Sleep May Reduce Risk of Diabetes, New Study Says

A new study found that sleep deprivation affects the way your body handles sugar.
1:32 | 01/19/16

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back to you. We'll move on to a new report on sleep deprivation. A new study concludes catching up on sleep may help reverse the risk of diabetes. Our chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser here with the reality, checking first of all on the effects of sleep deprivation. So hard on the body. In this study they took a group of healthy men, they let them sleep only four hours a night and they looked at the impact. What they found was their cells became less sensitive to insulin. One of the things you see in people who develop diabetes. You know, just a short period of time, their cells were looking like the cells of someone developing diabetes. We've always been told you can't catch up on sleep. Is this something different. They let them sleep 10, 12 hours a night and found the effect in terms of insulin went away but we know from other things you can't make up for all of the sleep deprivation. Four hours versus 10 or 12. How much sleep should we be getting. You know, if you look at it, what they say is adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Teens need 9 to 10 and young children at least 10 and none of us are really getting that and it's having an impact. Not just in terms for diabetes but concentration, memory, reaction time, even our immune system is impacted by that limited sleep. So we've got to make the time. You do. You know, you'll make up for a little of it on the weekends but you can't cheat yourself every night and expect to not see some effect. Rich Besser, thanks very much. Taking questions on Twitter? All morning. Now to Lara. Thank you, George. Here's what's coming up on our

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