Z-z-zs Tell All

Women who snore are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the results of a study conducted by doctors at Harvard.

The study showed that snoring was a risk factor for type 2 diabetes independent of other risk factors such as weight and age.

Researchers analyzed results from the Nurses’ Health Study cohort, which included 69,852 female nurses in the United States between the ages of 40 and 65 who did not have diabetes, heart disease or cancer when they were first surveyed in 1986.

During 10 years of follow-up surveys, 1,957 women developed type 2 diabetes. When these statistics were adjusted for age and body mass index, women who snored almost every night were nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Women who snored occasionally were 40 percent more likely to develop the disease.

“To our surprise, the association didn’t disappear after adjusting for weight,” Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, the lead researcher, told HealthScout. “It seems that regular snoring is an independent risk factor” for type 2 diabetes.

—American Journal of Epidemiology, March 1, 2002

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