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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 7, 2013 -

Daylight savings time starts this weekend, and the lost hour of sleep could leave you feeling crabby and tired.

A consistent lack of sleep increases your risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Adults should get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, while kids and teens should get nine to ten.

If you have problems getting to sleep, keep a schedule so you fall asleep and wake up at the same time everyday, don't drink alcohol or caffeine close to bedtime, and do something relaxing before going to bed, like read a book or listening to soothing music.


There's concern over a quick-spreading bacteria, called the "superbug".

It's known as CRE, and is resistant to the strongest antibiotics.

The CDC says it can kill up to half the people who get it.

So far, it's been found in hospitals and nursing homes.

Experts are concerned it could get more dangerous if it keeps spreading.


If you're worried about getting sick, there are a few easy steps that could keep you from coming down with an illness by boosting your immune system.

Eat a protein-rich diet.

Cut back on stress.

Hit the gym, but not too hard.

People who work out at least five days a week for 30 minutes had half as many colds according to researchers.

Also, find your spirituality.

People who regularly attended church or meditate are also less likely to get sick.


Developing diabetes during pregnancy is a growing problem, and the numbers could go higher if new tests are put in place.

A government panel rejected new testing that would detect more mild cases of diabetes.

They say the test would triple the number of diagnosis, despite there being no proof treating all those women would help them or their babies.


The price tag to treat diabetes in the U.S. Is soaring.

The American Diabetes Association says the cost jumped to nearly $250 billion in 2012.

That's about 40% higher than in 2007.

The Association says the increase is because so many people now have the disease.



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