Diabetes Linked to Inadequate Sleep

 

The dangers of inadequate sleep have been stressed by scientists, but it seems that doctors do not discuss the risks with their patients as much as warning them against alcohol and cigarettes or advising on diet and exercise. This may be because many doctors themselves have lack of sleep and see it as a normal part of daily life.

Anyhow, for several years now, it has been pointed out that inadequate sleep, which some people had assumed would make them lose weight, actually caused weight gain. It is the same with stress. Though at some point in the past people had associated weight loss with stress, the reverse is now becoming true. As obesity becomes more pervasive, it just seems that it enters into every aspect of daily living. Because of this tendency to gain weight, researchers have found that those who do not get adequate sleep are at risk of developing pre-diabetes, or impaired fasting glucose, a state where the body makes excessive insulin but the body is not responding to it. There are many theories, and one is that the body makes insulin in response to stress and insulin is known to cause weight gain.

 

The study set the limit on sleep at six hours, which is less than the previously recommended eight hours, which many of us are struggling to get every night. So, besides all the dangers of fatigue and lack of concentration due to inadequate sleep, now everyone needs to be warned about the dangers of developing diabetes. Will the bad news ever end?

Brain Starts Declining Earlier Than We Thought

 

Having passed the age of 27 some years back, it was disheartening to read that the brain starts to decline from then. In some odd research study on brain power in people from 18-60, they found that brain power peaked at 22 and started to decline at 27. Though I have serious doubts as to the validity of the study and its findings, it is nevertheless a worrying case.

Now, I probably suffer from what some colleagues like to refer to as Sometimer’s Disease, as opposed to All timers (a colloquial way of saying Alzheimer’s), but I’d like to think my Sometimer’s is related to not focusing attention to the matter at hand. For, if you don’t focus, you tend to forget in the next second and have to ask someone to repeat what they said.

 

But this new study has me wondering. Scientists say this may help them to better understand dementia and Alzheimer’s. But how? Dementia is not necessarily an old age problem, but many elderly suffer from it, and it usually occurs later in life. Less frequently, it can occur in the younger population and is referred to as precocious dementia. This may also occur in some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and most especially, Huntington’s disease. But on the whole, it is something that is restricted to the elderly. However, if the findings of this new study are true and valid, it means that dementia should usually start occurring by age 30. At this rate, I should well be on way to full-blown dementia. (Hmmm…It might explain a lot.)

 

The study was performed over 7 years and involved 2000 participants. Now, unless they give the brain test to the same person at different stages in their lives, I cannot see how they can determine that brain power peaks at 22 and starts to deteriorate at 27. Perhaps the 22-year-olds in their study are particularly brilliant and the 60-year-olds are obviously not going to be as quick. Comparing the mind of one 27-year-old to a 22-year-old has to take into account everything about their backgrounds. If you show me that the 22-year-old performed well one year and five years later his performance declined, then I might be inclined to give you some credit, provided the circumstances of the test are identical – fully rested, no illness, etc.

 

Oh, well, brain decline is an inevitability, just like death. Though I’d hate to think I’m on the edge of the cliff.

Secrets To A Long Life

 

So, what is the secret to old age? Well, nobody really knows. Health experts are continually pushing on the exercise, eat a balanced meal, don’t smoke, and only drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. And, of course, The Healthy Blogger advocates all of this. Yet, it is not the magic prescription, for people still die at young ages from many different causes. On the other hand, some may live to be over 100 and never followed this advice.

 

When we hear of someone reaching the 3-digit mark, we make general assumptions about that person based on where they come from. These general assumptions are always about food – you know, “Oh, it must be…

 

1.) …the olive oil“: if they are from the Mediterranean area.

 

2.) …the fish”: if they are on an island.

 

3.) …the rice”: if they are from the Orient.

 

And the list goes on.

 

But what do the centenarians really attribute it to? The answers can be rather funny at times. Most of them also attribute it to food, but some just say it is healthy habits, such as exercise and not smoking. Of course, we’ve all heard some of them make jokes, such as quitting smoking about 5 years previously. As for food, again, we hear some extreme tales that can be hard to prove or disprove. According to the BBC Magazine page, some claim their longevity is due to things such as custard, salt, and donkey’s milk. I heard someone once say they had 4 eggs a day.

 

Of course, we have to take all this with a “grain of salt“. Maybe it is true that these unusual dietary habits did sustain these people. But, we need to be careful not to assume that it will work for us. There is no one special secret to old age. Each of us requires a different formula and only some of us are fortunate enough to discover that formula.