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Sweet Spot for Sleep

From eNewsletter 1/23/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a massive study of more than 500,000 people suggests that if you're between 38 and 72 years old, and you're interested in improved memory, greater focus, and better problem-solving and decision-making abilities, then eight to nine hours of sleep might be a little bit too much?

According to a study in Nature Aging, scientists over a 16 year span focused squarely on the participants's brains, as opposed to focusing on other sleep health issues. Participants were asked about their sleep habits along with questions about their mental health and wellbeing, and took part in a series of cognitive tests. Additionally, for about 40,000 of the 500,000 participants, brain imaging and genetic data were tabulated.

Those who got either too much or too little sleep tended to do worse on tests measuring mental processing speed and visual attention, to demonstrate worse memory and problem-solving skills, and to have more symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The authors concluded: "Seven hours of sleep per night was the optimal amount of sleep for cognitive performance, but also for good mental health, with people experiencing more symptoms of anxiety and depression and worse overall wellbeing if they reported sleeping for longer or shorter durations".

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Intermittent Fasting or Diabetes Drug?

Steve: People with Type 2 diabetes who fast intermittently may no longer need medication, according to findings in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

After an intermittent fasting diet intervention, most patients in the study achieved complete diabetes remission, defined as having a stable HbA1c, or average blood sugar, level of less than 6.5% for at least three months, after discontinuing all anti-diabetic medications.

The study involved participants between 38 and 72 years old who had Type 2 diabetes and used anti-diabetic drugs and/or insulin injections. The intermittent fasting eating style also included an emphasis on reduced glycemic load carbohydrates.

Consistency works: The data also suggest that maintaining consistent feeding and fasting rhythms led to a reduction in body weight and improved metabolic efficiency, sleep duration and quality, as well as cardiovascular health.

For those with Type 2 diabetes who have interest in intermittent fasting, always speak with a health professional with knowledge of the eating style.

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