New Study Finds Late Nighters at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
A recent study has shed light on the possible health risks associated with being a night owl. The research, conducted by a team of scientists, has found that people who stay up late are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes due to their unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.
The study, which analyzed data from over 60,000 female nurses, found that those who identified as “night owls” tended to have unhealthy habits compared to their “early bird” counterparts. Specifically, the night owls were found to exercise less, have unhealthy diets, have higher body mass index (BMI), sleep less, and smoke cigarettes.
Furthermore, the researchers discovered that middle-aged nurses with evening choronotypes – those who prefer staying up late – were at a higher risk of developing diabetes. Approximately 19% of night owl nurses were found to be more likely to develop the disease, even after accounting for the impact of their unhealthy behaviors.
The researchers emphasize that a 19% increased risk, after adjusting for other factors, is a significant risk factor. This highlights the potential dangers associated with a late-night lifestyle.
Interestingly, a separate study published in June also found that early birds tend to live longer than night owls. The study, which analyzed data from over 20,000 participants, revealed that self-described night owls were more likely to die younger, even after accounting for factors such as age, BMI, sleep duration, and health problems.
The study suggests that the behaviors night owls engage in, such as unhealthy diets and inadequate sleep, may contribute to their higher risk of mortality.
While these findings provide valuable insights into the potential risks of staying up late and engaging in unhealthy behaviors, it is important to note that further research is needed to fully understand the underlying mechanisms.
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