Get More ZZZ's to Lose the LB's, According to Dr. Benjamin Gerson

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Sleep duration of Americans has decreased while the increase in obesity and diabetes has skyrocketed.

As society sleeps less hours each night, the obesity & diabetes rates increase at an alarming rate. Diabetes rates have doubled in the past ten years while the obesity epidemic jumped to 34% of adults age 20 & over. A co-morbid correlation exists between sleep and these metabolic syndromes according to Dr. Benjamin Gerson of University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers. He recently discussed these key trends at the 4th Annual Obesity Congress in Alexandria, Virginia.

In June 2008 the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention urged healthcare providers to address the relationship between sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, and type 2 diabetes. Recent studies show that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is common in people with diabetes; estimates suggest that up to 40% of people with OSA have diabetes. The IDF Task Force urged people with diabetes be screened for and treated with OSA and those with OSA be tested for diabetes.

Sleep deprivation can lead to increased hunger and weight gain due to a hormone imbalance. Leptin suppresses appetite in the brain while ghrelin stimulates appetite in the stomach. These hormones fluctuate in sleep deprived individuals, leaving them feeling hungry during the day and susceptible to overeating. Sleep disorders also increase excessive daytime sleepiness, which leaves people feeling lethargic during the day and negatively impacts their exercise routine.

For diabetic & obese patients, until the underlying sleep disorder is corrected, simple diet and exercise will not suffice.

About University Services
University Services, a multi-specialty medical services organization, provides sleep diagnostic and treatment to patients in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware. Each sleep center offers state-of-the-art overnight testing facilities with private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the comforts of home. Convenient at-home testing options are also available.

University Services works with existing companies to help their employees correct sleep concerns. If you'd like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784.

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