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Children Who Sleep Less May Increase Their Risk of Diabetes

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Sleep is a rare commodity in many households, especially as children find themselves loaded down with more homework. But lack of sleep has been tied to serious health risks, the most recent of which is increased risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

In a recent study of 4,500 British kids, researchers found that children who got less sleep each night actually had an increased risk of insulin resistance, as well as having more of a tendency to be overweight. Perhaps most disturbing about the study, though, was the fact that as little as one hour’s reduction in sleep can lead to an increased risk of diabetes.

The good news is, the problem can be easily resolved. The team found that by only adding 30 minutes during each weeknight, a child’s body mass index could be reduced by as much as .2 pounds. The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Experts predict one in three people will develop type 2 diabetes during the course of their lives. More studies are needed to determine the causal relationship between less sleep and an increased risk of diabetes.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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