Sleeping Difficulties Raise Diabetes Risk in Women Interview with:
Dr. Yanping Li
Research Scientist
Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA 02115

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Li: Sleeping difficulty is a common disorder but always lack of attention from both the patients and physicians. Our study finds that women with sleeping difficulty is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Li: Women with sleeping difficulty, especially when also having other sleep conditions, should be aware of potential higher risk of diabetes.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Li:

(1)The mechanism of why and how sleeping difficulty increases the risk of type 2 diabetes;

(2) Whether sleep difficulty also increases risk of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic diseases, especially among diabetic patients;


Association between sleeping difficulty and type 2 diabetes in women

Diabetologia pp 1-9 Online January 28 2015