Diabetes risk for women who don’t sleep well

Women with sleeping problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, say Harvard researchers, even if they are otherwise healthy.

They found this positive association was explained only partly by hypertension, BMI and depression. The association was particularly strong when combined with other sleep disorders such as frequent snoring or sleep apnoea, they say.

The analysis of data from 133,353 women found the increased risk ranged from 47% for one sleep disorder to more than four times the risk for four different sleeping problems combined.