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Deprivation Nation: How Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Diabetes

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Check Your Diabetes Risk

By Cary Barbor

Keep an eye on these factors that also contribute to the disease, says Todd Brown, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Extra weight

Being overweight is the number-one risk factor for diabetes. Dropping 5 percent to 7 percent of your body weight can turn your future around.

Belly fat

Break out the tape measure. If your waist is more than 32 inches, your chance of developing diabetes increases.


African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics are genetically predisposed to insulin resistance. South Asians are at higher risk too.

Family history

Having an immediate family member with the disease ups your odds.

Gestational diabetes

Developing this form of diabetes while pregnant increases the likelihood you'll wind up with type 2 after the baby is born.


This is when your blood glucose levels are high, just not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes -- yet. To stay healthy, everyone should be tested for high blood sugar after age 45 -- earlier if you have other known risk factors.


Immunosuppressive drugs, steroids, and some depression treatments can cause your body to become insulin-resistant, increasing your chance of diabetes. Ask your doctor whether your regimen should make you extra vigilant.

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6/18/2012 04:46:09 AM Report Abuse
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12/2/2011 03:18:26 PM Report Abuse
Jon.Parker wrote:

I have type 2 diabetes. I have read a lot of articles on this and this one is on the money. The part that inspired me to comment was the information that I hope will incourage my kids to adjust some of thier bad habits. Very interesting studies that relate to most young people today. Thanks for the info.

8/25/2011 02:33:12 PM Report Abuse
limam11 wrote:

What if you CANNOT sleep longer than 6 hours? I do NOT use an alarm to wake up, and if I try to go to bed earlier - I just wake up earlier!

8/24/2011 10:05:50 AM Report Abuse

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