Endocrinologist Melnichuk: with elevated blood sugar levels, lack of sleep is contraindicated

Endocrinologist Pavel Melnichuk explained why lack of sleep is especially dangerous for people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

According to him, good quality and sufficient duration of sleep helps improve insulin sensitivity and control blood glucose levels.

—Lack of sleep causes decreased insulin sensitivity, which can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and poorer diabetes control. Another thing is that lack of sleep increases your appetite. This leads to weight gain, which has a negative impact on diabetes control. If you haven't had enough sleep, but you'll probably eat something fatty and sweet on the second day, – the doctor noted specifically for MedicForum.

He advises sleeping 7-9 hours, going to bed at the same time and carefully monitoring the quality of sleep.

– This is important . Arrange your schedule so that you can relax before bed. You need to sleep in a comfortable bed in a cool, ventilated room. If necessary, use earplugs and an eye mask. Remember that diabetes is a manageable condition, and with the right approach you can live a full and active life, Melnichuk said.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world.


Diabetes mellitus can develop for several reasons. One of the main ones is an insufficient amount of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. This may be caused by poor pancreatic function or the body's improper response to insulin.

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes also increases with genetic predisposition, obesity, poor lifestyle choices and other factors.

Symptoms include:

  • frequent urination,
  • excessive thirst,
  • fatigue,
  • dry skin,
  • slow wound healing,
  • decreased vision

Treatment methods:

Treatment of diabetes is aimed at controlling blood sugar levels and preventing complications. The main methods of treatment are:

1. Diet: Proper nutrition plays an important role in controlling blood sugar levels. It is recommended to eat a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates, rich in vegetables, fruits, proteins and healthy fats.

2. Physical activity: Regular exercise helps lower blood sugar levels.

It is also important to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor and check your sugar levels regularly.
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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.