Although why fewer hours of sleep may lead to colon cancer is unknown, said Dr. Li, some theories include that less sleep may be less production of melatonin, a natural hormone that in animals, the DNA repair has been associated, or that are based on my insulin resistance is the link between sleep disorders and cancer. Li and other researchers on the study are are also in the UH Seidman Cancer Center of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University, the Center for Clinical Investigation connected at Case Western Reserve, and the Department of Medicine at UH and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine..
The researchers also found a slightly stronger association of sleep duration with adenomas with women compared to men, but the difference was not statistically significant.Dr Li said the magnitude of increase in risk due to less hours of sleep is comparable to the risk associated with having a first degree relative with colon cancer, as well as with high red meat consumption. Short sleep duration is a risk to public health lead not only to obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease, but also, as shown shown in this study, colon adenomas, he said. Effective intervention to increase duration of sleep and quality of sleep under-appreciated under-appreciated prevention of colon cancer prevention of colon cancer. Continue reading “Although why fewer hours of sleep may lead to colon cancer is unknown.”