Researchers Discover Link Between Diabetes and Genetic Sensitivity to Melatonin


Researchers Discover Link Between Diabetes and Genetic Sensitivity to Melatonin

The UPI reports that a recent study suggests that night workers and people with sleep disorders may be at higher risk of diabetes due to higher levels of melatonin in their bodies . Melatonin regulates the circadian rhythm and reacts to light and darkness throughout the day. The hormone increases during the day and reaches its peak during sleep, part of the reason why it has been used as a sleeping drug. According to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, a genetic variation makes the beta-producing insulin cells more sensitive to melatonin. This affects the ability of cells to secrete insulin and eliminates blood sugar control. Previous research conducted by the same researchers at the University of Lund in 2009 showed that a genetic variant of the 1B receptor of melatonin increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Researchers Discover Link Between Diabetes and Genetic Sensitivity to Melatonin

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