SLEEP, DIABETES AND DEATH

CRAIN'S COMMENTS

A statistical study of 500,000 middle age Brits over a 9 year period finds that those with a combination of diabetes and trouble sleeping have an 87% higher risk of death than their peers without these issues. Diabetes itself raises the risk by 12%.

Obviously, we’re talking about a shorter life expectancy, and this is before COVID. Everyone dies. The question is how short do you want your life to be?

We also know from other research that overweight and diabetes are associated with worse outcomes from COVID. So we would expect the results of this study, if repeated in the COVID era, to be even more dramatic.

The study was conducted by researchers at Northwestern University (Chicago) and the University of Surrey (UK).

The study doesn’t distinguish between sleep apnea, insomnia, stress, incontinence or other factors that make for a bad night. Poor sleep with diabetes puts you at…

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