Study: Sleep may help prevent Type 2 diabetes in kids

November 27, 2017 07:17 PM

The Centers for Disease Control says a good night's sleep may help prevent Type 2 diabetes in children.

The CDC says the rate of newly diagnosed cases in kids has increased by 1.8 percent each year in the past decade.

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They say researchers recently found a link between sleep and the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Doctor Roy Kim of Cleveland Clinic did not take part in the study, but says researchers found the more kids slept, the healthier they were.

"The kids who slept the longest had lower measures of body fat, they had lower levels of insulin and blood sugar -- and so they extrapolated from these findings and concluded that the more you sleep, the lower your risk for diabetes," noted Dr. Kim.

He says it's important for parents to pay attention to their child's sleep environment. He says it's not just how long they sleep but the quality of their sleep that also matters. He suggests getting electronic devices out of their bedroom and avoiding late night snacking.


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