(The Independent) A lack of sleep may be putting some people at a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a new study has suggested.
Findings, shown at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, said that those losing sleep on weekdays were more likely to develop the conditions.
A study, carried out by a team at the University of Bristol and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, analysed the sleeping habits of 522 people to assess “sleep debt”, a measure of the difference in the nightly hours asleep on week days and at the weekend.
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They found that the action of throwing the body clock out of sync can disrupt the natural rhythm of hormones in the body that can put the body into a pre-diabetic state and lead to a host of health problems.
The report says that the pressures of shift-driven work and social lives means that many people cut their sleep during the week and catch up at weekends.