BBC News released an article: “Worry ‘ups men’s diabetes risk.'”

Here are some excerpts:

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Anxiety, depression and sleepless nights increase the risk of diabetes
in men, a Swedish study suggests.

Researchers found men with high levels of “psychological distress” had
more than double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with
low levels.

The study, which looked at 2,127 men born between 1938 and 1957 and
3,100 women, found no such link in women.

Writing in Diabetic Medicine, the researchers said stress may affect the
way the brain regulates hormones.

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The men, who had normal blood glucose levels, were questioned for signs
of psychological distress, including anxiety, insomnia, depression,
apathy and fatigue.

Between eight to 10 years later the men were tested for diabetes.

The men with the highest levels of psychological distress were 2.2 times
more likely to develop the condition than those with the lowest levels.

Further analysis showed the link was independent of other factors
including age, body mass index, family history of diabetes, smoking,
physical activity and socio-economic background.

In the women assessed in the same study, there was no increased risk of
diabetes in those with high levels of psychological distress.

In a separate study, a team at the University of Newcastle found that
walking for 45 minutes a day can help control diabetes.

Those in the study became better at burning fat, which in turn helped
them to regulate their blood sugar levels.

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The complete article is online at:
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7524096.stm>.

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