Diabetes and melatonin connect inside our genes. If we fix this problem, we will improve type 2 diabetes.
The genetic link between melatonin and diabetes begins in your DNA.
If your melatonin receptor's DNA is damaged, you sleep poorly and have a lower metabolism.
You will also have lower insulin production. Many type 2 diabetics have this genetic damage.
The combination of higher blood sugars and worsened sleep leads to type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Your beta cells, the producers of insulin, have the protein that makes melatonin in them. If melatonin is affected, so is insulin.
These are new findings, so how they change the treatment of diabetes is not clear.
But we can be sure that improving our sleep will also improve diabetes and the insulin resistance that comes from obesity.
Sleep apnea doctors have found that fixing sleep disturbance always improves type 2 diabetes in their patients.
The link between type 2 diabetes and melatonin may explain why so many of us have sleep apnea.
When tested for melatonin, type 2 diabetics have less than nondiabetics.
However, doctors do not offer to medicate us with supplemental pills, even though they are available.
Melatonin is given as a temporary aid to people who have confused their days and nights from shift work or jet lag.
But diabetes and melatonin pills are not a good combination. Melatonin tends to raise blood sugar levels. Plus, the pills cause side effects if taken over a long period of time.
Also, trials of taking melatonin supplements show they do not improve diabetes or diabetic sleep disorders.
Your internal sleep clock is regulated by melatonin and serotonin. One is for sleep and the other is for waking up.
When light levels are low your brain tells your pineal gland to release melatonin, making you sleepy. It peaks just before bedtime and then fades.
The good news is you can naturally improve melatonin levels by using serotonin.
Serotonin is stimulated by light, so when you get up in the morning, simply expose yourself to sunlight for a few minutes.
Go for a walk outside. This will set your biological clock by the release of serotonin, the hormone that works opposite melatonin to signal your wake and sleep cycle.
The release of the sleep hormone at night is increased by simply adding a dose of sunshine when you wake up.
This has been proven to work.
You could also try eating foods rich in melatonin to boost your levels. The three that seem to help the most are pineapples, bananas and oranges.
All three are also high glycemic, which means type 2 diabetics avoid them, but your best defense here is fiber. Eat them in their raw form, not as juices.
Oats, tomatoes and barley are also helpful for producing melatonin, according to natural foods websites.
Since we know our melatonin levels are damaged by the same mechanism that damages our insulin production, we can attack both problems.
Our secret weapon is exercise. Getting plenty of exercise during the day improves sleep at night. It also improves type 2 diabetes.
Exercise fights obesity too. This makes it a powerful weapon for diabetics.
I hope this free information helps your sleep, your diabetes and your well-being.
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