Loss of Sleep During Adolescence May Predict a Boy’s Diabetes Risk

Sleep deprivation during adolescence may predict whether a boy is at risk for insulin resistance and other health issues, a neuroscience researcher from the Pennsylvania State University has revealed. According to Jordan Gaines, a Penn State neuroscience researcher, a teenage boy who suffers a greater decline in slow-wave sleep (SWS) amplifies his chances of developing insulin resistance than those who more closely maintained their slow-wave sleep as they age. The boys deprived of SWS are then also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increased visceral fat and impaired attention. SWS, often referred to as deep sleep, is an important stage of sleep usually characterized as a state of deep usually dreamless sleep. This deepest stage of sleep is involved in memory consolidation, and is also associated with decreased levels…


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