Obese teens who do not get enough sleep at higher risk

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Obese teens who do not get enough sleep at higher risk

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Obese teens who do not get enough sleep are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Researchers monitored 37 obese teenagers and their physical activity and sleep cycles for a week.

Aside from all other risk factors, inadequate sleep was a significant predictor of cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes.

Experts say it's not clear if a lack of sleep causes these risks or if obesity contributes to sleep disturbances.

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