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Lack of sleep linked to diabetes and heart disease

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People who sleep for fewer than six hours a night may be three times more likely to develop a condition which leads to diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Warwick found short sleepers are at an increased risk of a pre-diabetic state known as incident-impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG).

IFG stops the body from regulating glucose as efficiently as it should and people with the condition have a greater risk of heart disease, stroke and developing type 2 diabetes.

The study looked at six years of data from 1, 455 participants in a study of heart attack and heart disease risk factors among residents in two New York Counties.

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