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Webinar: Sleep well for your mental health
Poor sleep can lead to the development or worsening of mental health issues like depression that, in turn, can make it even harder to sleep. Learn about the link between sleep and mental health and how you can stay on track.
Join us for the 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, May 11, 2 pm ET.
- How sleep affects your mental health (and how mental health affects your sleep)
- How to recognize the signs that sleep and mental health are out of sync
- Tried-and-true ways to improve sleep
Dr. Baran: Hi, everybody. I’m pleased to be here, and we’re just gonna do a nice, brief presentation on diabetes and how sleep impacts it, and what we can do to, hopefully, prevent this from occurring.
So first, let’s start with a definition. What is type 2 diabetes? Well, first, let’s define diabetes. In general, there’s type 1 and type 2.
Diabetes is a disease of abnormal carbohydrate metabolism characterized by high blood sugar due to impaired insulin production by special cells in the pancreas and resistance to the action of insulin.
Glucose is the basic fuel that our body uses to generate energy to operate. Insulin helps glucose in the bloodstream get into cells where it can be used. If glucose can’t get into cells, it accumulates in the bloodstream causing health problems.
Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas does not make insulin. This is about five to 10% of diabetes cases.
Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas does not make enough insulin and there is insulin resistance in the tissues, so insulin does not have the effect that it normally would. This is 90% or more of diabetes cases and it typically occurs during adulthood.
An increase in body weight is a common cause. Over time, diabetes damages the heart, kidneys, eyes, brain and nervous system.
There’s increased risk of many medical problems, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. It’s a very serious chronic disease.
Prediabetes is when blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to qualify for diabetes. Unless this is addressed, it can progress to Type 2 diabetes, and the good news is, it can be prevented.
Many people know that obesity is a major cause of type 2 diabetes. Did you know that insufficient sleep or poor quality of sleep can also play a role, too? Poor or insufficient sleep has three effects that raise blood sugar: reduced insulin production, increased insulin resistance and increased cortisol, which increases the blood glucose level.
When you’re sleep deprived, or when sleep is insufficient, or, in poor quality, it affects our eating behavior, making us more hungry, and eating more, and makes us eat foods higher in sugar, craving these foods more.
Deep sleep, It’s good for our health in many ways. This is what makes us feel rested. Our brain clears out waste products most efficiently in deep sleep and it promotes better regulation of blood glucose.
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