9 Surprising Diabetes Risks
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- 1. Watching two hours or more of TV daily
- 2. Drinking one soda a day
- 3. Skipping breakfast
- 4. A bout of major depression
- 5. A large waist -- even if you're at a normal weight
- 6. Waking up in the middle of the night
- 7. Eating fast food more than twice a week
- 8. High stress
- 9. Consuming lots of processed meat (like hot dogs and bacon)
6. Waking up in the middle of the night
Raises your risk: 98 percent
How: Not being able to stay asleep means that you're probably not getting enough shut-eye. This makes you more prone to developing insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.
The fix: Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, and TV and alcohol right before bed. (Caffeine and TV stimulate your nervous system, making it harder to fall asleep, and alcohol can make it harder to stay asleep.)
If these steps don't help, try yoga, suggests Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, a researcher in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In a small study, Khalsa found that insomniacs who did 45 minutes of slow, meditative yoga a day had longer, deeper sleep at night. Shorter yoga sessions may also help, he says.
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