Established by Sukanto Tanoto, the Tanoto Foundation recognizes the importance of boosting medical research in Asia, leading to better healthcare in the region. A recent study conducted in Singapore by researchers from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) discovered an important link between sleep deprivation and cardiovascular disease.
The study was supported by SingHealth, Duke-NUS Medical School, National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore National Medical Research Council, the Lee Foundation, and the Tanoto Foundation.
The findings, published in the Communications Biology journal, demonstrated that chronic sleep deprivation could lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk markers and accelerated biological aging.
The PRISM-NHCS team analyzed the sleep patterns of Singaporeans through data collected from wearable technology. More than 480 healthy volunteers donned Fitbit trackers and submitted one week’s sleep data for the study.
The team collected detailed lifestyle information and data from each individual on other cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose. Further analysis focused on cardiac images of each individual and whole-genome sequencing as well.
The study required accurate data on the participants’ biological age, as opposed to chronological age. As such, co-lead of …