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Is “social jet lag” making it difficult for you to manage diabetes?

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Is “social jet lag” making it difficult for you to manage diabetes?

If you are diabetic, having an irregular sleep schedule can do more damage than previously thought.

“Social jet lag” is a term that has been used to describe what happens when busy work, school, or parenting schedules disrupt your normal sleep patterns and your body’s internal clock. A small study published in August shows that people with “social jet lag” may be at a higher risk for developing high blood sugar, as their internal clocks become confused by a lack of sleep. Study participants who didn’t have a regular sleep schedule had a more difficult time managing their blood sugar levels. According to the authors, disrupted sleep schedules can worsen type 2 diabetes, but more research is needed to see if it directly impacts blood sugar. Learn more about the article at Reuters.