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Research Again Confirms Links Between Poor Sleep, Weight Gain, and Cancer

Sleep Deprivation

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  • Getting sufficient amounts of restful sleep is an absolutely crucial component of optimal health and disease prevention
  • Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, and is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain. These three factors all contribute to cancer development
  • One recent study found that men who don’t sleep well are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who do; another study linked insufficient sleep to an increased risk of aggressive breast cancer and recurrence in women
  • Lack of sleep decreases levels of your fat regulating hormone leptin while increasing the hunger hormone ghrelin. The resulting increase in hunger and appetite can easily lead to overeating and weight gain
  • Researchers have also noted a link between night shift workers and higher rates of breast, prostate, colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Working the night shift also raises your risk of diabetes and obesity

By Dr. Mercola

Sleep deprivation is such a pervasive condition in these days of artificial lights and non-stop entertainment, that you might not even realize you’re not getting enough sleep. It’s important to recognize that sleep is an absolutely crucial component of optimal health and disease prevention.


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