June 27, 2022, 23:43

    Snoozing could treat Type 2 diabetes by restricting oxygen during sleep

    Snoozing could treat Type 2 diabetes by restricting oxygen during sleep

    Type 2 diabetes could be treated by restricting how much ­oxygen sufferers breathe in during sleep.

    Researchers are seeking volunteers to test if sleeping in special tents leads to weight loss.

    Previous evidence has shown hypoxia – restricted oxygen – can reduce appetite and burn more ­calories in people with the condition.

    Volunteers who take part in the trial will sleep in a tent in their homes set up by a team at Portsmouth University for two 10-day periods.

    During one of the periods, oxygen levels will be set to 15%, similar to levels for passengers on a plane or for people living at high altitude.

    Experts will monitor whether this improves blood glucose control. Dr Ant Shepherd, lecturer in the ­university’s school of sport, health and exercise science, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes blood glucose levels to become too high.

    Volunteers who take part in the trial will sleep in a tent in their homes set up by a team at Portsmouth University for two 10-day periods
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    For many people, it is a long-term condition which can put them at a greater risk of developing ­com­­p­­lications, such as heart disease.

    “With the number of people living with type 2 diabetes expected to reach 700 million by 2045, it is vital we find other successful interventions to help treat the condition.”

    Volunteers will be asked to wear smart monitors, keep a food diary and provide blood, urine and stool samples. They will also have body composition scans and their blood glucose levels tested.

    Participant Janet Rennell-Smyth said: “It doesn’t feel claustrophobic and, when you get used to the noise of the machine, it feels no different.”

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