This 1 Habit Could Double Your Risk of Developing Diabetes

Over time, sleep problems can up your risk of developing diabetesBad news for all you insomniacs out there—a new Harvard study has shown that sleep difficulties can up your risk for developing Type II diabetes by as much as 47%! That’s no joke, when you consider the effect diabetes can have on your circulation and foot health.

When you break the figures down into specifics, things get even more frightening. While a relatively common problem like having trouble falling or staying asleep raises your diabetes risk by just 45%, an issue such as snoring, sleep apnea or sleeping less than 6 hours a night ups your odds of developing the disease by a whopping 400%!!!

Why? According to study author Dr. Frank B. Hu, “Sleep difficulty itself may have biological effects, like increased stress hormone, which has been associated with increased insulin resistance. Or sleep difficulty may be related to stress, which may contribute to increased risk of diabetes."

If you’re already starting to panic, don’t worry: in order for the elevated risk factors to come into play, your sleep problems must be chronic, not isolated bad nights.

Still worried? It might be time to get some help, especially if you have other diabetes risk factors such as a family history or an increased Body Mass Index (BMI.) Ask your doctor to discuss all your diabetes risk factors so you can start to form a preventative plan.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s more important than ever that you take care of yourself properly, with plenty of sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise and regular visits with your podiatrist! Contact Dr. Andrew Schneider today to discuss your diabetic foot care plan.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.