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Worried 20 yr old, healthy weight/diet, exercise. 3 hours sleep for past year bad sleep 3yrs. can lack of sleep cause diabetes type 2?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Endocrinology 52 years experience
Lack of sleep: At age 20 you are unlikely to have type 2 diabetes. The best thing in my opinion is that you have your primary doctor refer you to a Psychologist. She/he will help you control your sleep.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not by itself: People perform at their best when they get enough restful sleep, a balanced nutrition, exercise and work in a familiar environment. If something is preventing you from doing any of these, you will be prone to poor performance, and illness. (infections or stress effect). Type 2 DM would be unexpected at your age unless you were quiet overweight.You need to work out how to get better sleep habits.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
Unlikely: 90% of patients with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. Thus, keeping your weight a healthy level greatly reduces your risk of DM. However, lack of adequate sleep is associated with weight gain. Thus, it's time to consult with a doctor regarding sleep hygiene. 7-8 hours/night is a good goal. If I can be of help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-ClarkeHolmes
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Sleep is necessary but it might take time for her to have long sleep. Michael Kleerekoper
Aug 6, 2016

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