Sleep deprivation is a common occurrence due to our hectic lifestyles. Not only does continued lack of sleep wreak havoc and make you feel tired all the time, but it also causes damage equivalent to a high fat diet for 6 months, by affecting insulin sensitivity negatively.
A study presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, reaffirmed this fact and stresses the importance of a good night’s sleep. While sleep deficiency and a high fat diet both lead to problems with insulin sensitivity, it was not known as to which causes greater harm. Josiane Broussard, PhD, and colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, examined a canine model to check if these factors impede insulin sensitivity in a similar fashion.