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Can Poor Sleep Lead to Metabolic Syndrome?

Risk for Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Sleep Duration

May 21, 2008 - by Laurie Barclay - Medscape Medical News

Risk for metabolic syndrome was associated with sleep duration, according to the results of a cross-sectional community-based cohort study reported in the May issue of Sleep.

"Short and long sleep duration have been linked to various risk factors for cardiovascular disease," write Martica H. Hall, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, and colleagues. "In the present study, we evaluated the relationship between sleep duration and presence of the metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of physiologically interrelated risk factors for cardiometabolic disease."

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