Sleeping less than 6 hours, heart disease and stroke: a deadly combination

These are the hours you should be sleeping according to your age If you are an adult between 40 and 50 years old, have high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes,

Sleeping less than 6 hours, heart disease and stroke: a deadly combination
These are the hours you should be sleeping according to your age

If you are an adult between 40 and 50 years old, have high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes, or has suffered or suffers from a heart disease or has suffered a stroke may have a greater risk of cancer and premature death are sleeping less than six hours per day . So says a new research published in the "Journal of the American Heart Association".

"Our study suggests that sleeping well may be protective for some people with these diseases", said the lead author of the study, Julio Fernández-Mendoza , psychologist's dream in the Center for Research and Treatment of Sleep the Medical Center Milton S. Hershey of Pennsylvania (USA).

The researchers analyzed data from more than 1.600 adults (of 20 to 74 years, more than half women) from the Cohort of Adults from Penn State that were classified into two groups: with hypertension in stage 2 or type 2 diabetes and heart disease, or stroke . The participants were studied in the sleep laboratory (1991-1998) overnight and, subsequently, they sought her cause of death until the end of 2016.

Our study suggests that sleeping well may be protective for some people with these diseases

The researchers found that, of the 512 people who died, one-third did so as a result of heart disease or stroke, and a quarter by cancer.

in Addition, people with high blood pressure or diabetes, and who slept less than 6 hours, had double the risk of dying by heart disease or stroke. And, those people who had heart disease or stroke, and slept less than 6 hours had three times more risk of dying from cancer.

finally, the researchers saw that the highest risk of premature death for people with diabetes or high blood pressure was negligible, if they slept more than 6 hours.

A better identification of people with specific problems of sleep could lead to better prevention, treatment approaches, more comprehensive, better long-term results and less use of the health

"The short duration of sleep should be included as a risk factor useful for predicting the long-term outcomes of people with these health conditions and as a goal of the clinical practice primary and specialty -Fernandez-Mendoza. I'd like the consultations on sleep and sleep studies to become a more integral part of our systems health care. A better identification of people with specific problems of sleep could lead to better prevention, treatment approaches, more comprehensive, better long-term results and less use of health care."

Updated Date: 02 October 2019, 18:00

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