Tired kids == diabetic kids?

On January 13, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Uh-0h.  I’m in trouble then.  Cause my kids never seem to be IN bed.  I’m serious.  I say this as I’m drinking caffeine to try and chase away a migraine (aversion therapy, trying to ignore the elephants marching through my skull) and to try and stay awake since my son, my dear loving son, was awake at 2:30 this morning.  And didn’t go to sleep until about 4.  At least they are both in the 25th percentile for weight..

Of course, I also have read that metabolic syndrome numbers change quite frequently in kids, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this study were to be counterdicted, say, next week.

From Medscape:

By Joene Hendry

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 11 – Young children who average 8 hours or less of sleep a night may be at higher risk for developing diabetes, report Chinese and American researchers.

This risk may be even greater among obese youngsters, Dr. Zhijie Yu, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai and colleagues note in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Moreover, Dr. Yu said in an email to Reuters Health, shorter sleep seemed to influence blood glucose “independently of a large variety of risk factors,” such as age, gender, birth-related influences, early life feeding or later diet, recent illness, physical activity, body mass, and waist girth.

Dr. Yu’s team investigated sleep duration and blood glucose levels in 619 obese and 617 non-obese children who were 3 to 6 years old and free of diabetes.

Parental reports showed a greater percentage of the obese (47%) than the non-obese (37%) kids averaged 8 or fewer hours of sleep nightly. These reports also showed nightly averages of 9 or 10, or 11-plus, hours of sleep less common in obese (37% and 16%) versus non-obese (43% and 20%) kids, respectively.

High fasting glucose levels, defined as 100 mg/dL or greater, were about 1.35-fold and 2.15-fold more likely in the shorter-sleeping non-obese and obese kids, respectively. Overall, 11 children had levels above 126 mg/dL.

Among the children who slept less than 8 hours per night, elevated fasting glucose levels were documented in 23 of the 217 who were non-obese and in 49 of the 291 obese kids. By contrast, among children getting 9 or 10 hours of sleep each night, 21 of the 175 non-obese and 21 of 229 obese kids had high blood sugar.

These findings hint that, similar to adults, adequate sleep may help kids, maintain a healthy body weight and an optimal blood sugar level, Dr. Yu said.

However, Dr. Yu and co-authors emphasize the need for further studies to confirm these findings in both Chinese and other populations of youngsters.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2010.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Leave a Reply