Tuesday, July 29, 2014   

Study links low sleep hormones and diabetes risk
(04-03 09:46)

A decrease in levels of the sleep hormone melatonin has been linked to an increased risk of adult onset diabetes, according to a study.
Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 370 women with diabetes were compared with 370 women of the same race and age without the disease, AFP reports.
Researchers found participants with diabetes produced low levels of melatonin at night compared with the control group without diabetes.
Melatonin is produced by the brain during sleep, when its levels are higher in blood, to help regulate the circadian rhythm or “body clock.’’
“This is the first time that an independent association has been established between nocturnal melatonin secretion and type two diabetes risk,'' said Ciaran McMullan, a researcher in the Renal Division and Kidney Clinical Research Institute at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
The research found that participants who produced a low level of melatonin at night were twice as likely to develop diabetes compared with those who produced a high level of the hormone.
Melatonin secretion varied sharply between the participants, with some producing nearly five times as much as the lowest.
   
Other World breaking news:
Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90 (07-28 18:50)
(Flight MH17) Police team halts trip to crash site (07-28 18:31)
Japan to step up sanctions against Russia (07-28 18:30)
(Flight MH17) Plane hit multiple times by shrapnel: Ukrainian security (07-28 18:25)
6 dead in India landslide (07-28 17:33)
OSI says China unit fell short of standards (07-28 17:26)
Pyongyang threatens nuclear strike on White House (07-28 16:51)
(Flight MH17) Downing of jet 'may amount to a war crime', says UN (07-28 16:33)
Another foot-and-mouth case in SKorea (07-28 15:49)
(Flight MH17) Dutch, Australian cops go to crash site (07-28 15:37)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.