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Sleep Deprivation Causes Weight Gain

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on March 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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 Sleep Deprivation Causes Weight Gain

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found that people who get less sleep may be inclined to eat more, move less and gain weight.

It was seen that individuals who are sleep deprived may eat up to more than 500 additional calories, compared to individuals who get enough sleep. The researchers also found that people with less sleep had higher levels of  leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite; and lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite.

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Lead author of the study and an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Andrew Calvin said, "A lot of people have this idea that if they're up late, working hard, they're burning more energy. But we found no change in how much they moved when sleep deprived."

This study was presented at an American Heart Association meeting.

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