Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Lousiana State University will conduct a study to examine the impact of sleep in treating type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center think sleeping in a tent could help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar. The key is the oxygen level inside the tent.

“There’s actually a lower prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes at higher altitudes,” Dr. Kara Marlatt explained. The postdoctoral researcher is recruiting overweight adults for this study.

To simulate higher altitude, Marlatt uses a special tent and machine that safely lowers the oxygen level. It’s the same tent athletes use to train for better performance.

Participants will spend 14 nights sleeping in the tent inside their own home to see if there’s an improvement in their insulin sensitivity.

“Our main goal for this study is to learn more about novel ways to treat type 2 diabetes,” Marlatt said.

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