Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Colon

Short sleep time increases colon cancer risk

Category: Colon

Individuals who have difficulty sleeping may benefit from colorectal cancer testing, as new research from Case Western Reserve University has found that those who sleep less than six hours per night are 50 percent more likely to develop the disease.

A lack of sleep has already been connected to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and death. The new findings are the latest in a long line indicating that getting plenty of sleep is vital to long-term health.

For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 1,200 patients who were about to receive colorectal cancer testing about their sleep habits. The scientists then tracked the patients' medical records for several years.

They found that patients who reported sleeping less than six hours per night were 50 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than those who reported sleeping more than seven hours each night. The association remained even after the researchers adjusted the findings for family history and other lifestyle factors.

The researchers called short sleep duration a public health hazard, and recommended that efforts be led to educate more people about this potentially serious problem.
 

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top