Possible Link Between Hormone Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes

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Possible Link Between Hormone Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 8:12am

According to a new study, reports Health Day News, a link may have been found between Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes. "Decreased levels of the hormone melatonin may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women with the highest levels of the hormone. This association held true even after the researchers controlled for other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as body weight and dietary habits.

But whether too little melatonin actually causes type 2 diabetes isn't clear. "We found an association between melatonin and type 2 diabetes; what we haven't got from this study is causality," said study lead author Dr. Ciaran McMullan, a research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "That's the next step of research."read more

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Karla
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One of the other areas of research involves sleep and diabetes. The belief is that if people don't get enough sleep chronically they are more likely to develop diabetes. Melatonin is one of the hormones which regulates sleep. So this sounds pretty plausible to me!

Also diabetics need to have their vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D really isn't a vitamin but rather a hormone and in diabetics it is often decreased. So much interesting research is going on. We may get this epidemic under control yet!! That is if the research funds aren't severely cut and there is a good possibility that is going to happen. :-(