Gulf Times news report indicates that sleep deprivation may contribute to the onset of diabetes.

“Sleep apnea and diabetes go hand in hand,” said Dr Florence Comite, a New York City endocrinologist. About 36% of Type 2 diabetics have sleep apnea, according to the diabetes association. “Sleep helps our bodies restore themselves,” Comite explained. “Without enough sleep, we can actually bring on diabetes.” It’s all about hormones, she explained, starting with insulin, the hormone that’s in short supply for diabetics.