Health Tip: Kids and Type 2 Diabetes

Risk may be higher with lack of sleep

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(HealthDay News) -- There's a direct link between lack of sleep and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, recent research indicates.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who slept one hour less than recommended per night had several markers for diabetes: higher blood glucose, higher insulin resistance and increased body weight.

Reducing these factors may lessen a person's chances of developing type 2 diabetes in later life, the researchers found.

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