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Opening window at night can save you from diabetes – scientists

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Cooling your body even a couple of degrees is good for your health.

Airing helps to avoid diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity, said Oxford University endocrinologist Ashley Grossman.

Grossman made this conclusion based on a 2017 study that found a link between global warming and the ever-increasing diabetes epidemic published by Dutch scientists in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

The researchers hypothesized that a one degree Celsius rise in average temperature could cause a whopping 100,000 new cases of diabetes in the United States every year.

This is due to the fact that in the heat, the human body stops spending calories to keep warm, and burns less brown fat to maintain a comfortable temperature resulting in increased insulin sensitivity and increased weight. 

According to Grossman, adequate sleep helps ward off diabetes and obesity. However, most people are aware of the fact that peaceful sleep in which REM is attained benefits the body and mind.

Few are aware that sleeping in a cool bedroom with the window open to allow the night breeze in is also helpful.

Grossman stressed that leaving a window open even for a short time at night can significantly reduce the risk of disease. 

Some other studies, carried out in the US, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico, also suggest that a single degree centigrade bump in temperature heightened the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 0.314 per 1,000 individuals.

A study performed by academicians at the Netherlands’ Maastricht University Medical Centre indicates that lowering the thermostat to a range between 15 C and 17 C for a couple hours each day will help reduce weight.

The colder temperatures force the body to burn calories in order to stay warm. In fact, achieving a bedroom temperature that is similar to the temperature outside seems to benefit human health.

It all boils down to the fact that exposure to cold temperatures heightens metabolic rate. This is the rate at which calories are burned.

Cold temperatures catalyze the metabolic rate by 30 percent, allowing for the burning of 400 calories per hour.

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