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Lack of sleep may cause obesity
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-08 11:39:17

    
A recent research finds that people who don't sleep very long are more likely to be overweight.
A recent research finds that people who don't sleep very long are more likely to be overweight.
BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- A recent research finds that people who don't sleep very long are more likely to be overweight.

    This is because people who slept for shorter times had higher levels of ghrelin (a hormone that increases appetite) and lower levels of leptin (a hormone that suppresses appetite). So both hormones changed in the direction that would encourage more eating. People with short sleep also had higher body mass index.

    "If you do not run a sleep debt, you will be able to curb your appetite more easily and maintain or lose weight, " explained Dr. Eve Van Cauter, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, who is involved in the research.

    The finding could be one way to help prevent or treat obesity, researchers said.

    (Agencies)

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