Can a sudden shock, such as a sleeping person being abruptly awakened, lead to diabetes?
There is no evidence that any kind of shock, including being awakened from a sound sleep, can cause diabetes.
“We have enough understanding of the means by which both type 1 and type 2 diabetes develop to know that a single episode of stress or fright cannot cause diabetes,” says Dr. Stephen Elbein, a professor in UAMS’ Division of Endocrinology. “Whether chronic stress might have a role in increasing the risk is not known and is possible, but (suddenly waking a sleeping person) cannot lead to diabetes.”
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