Service members diagnosed with chronic insomnia had double the risk of developing hypertension and type II diabetes compared to military personnel who had not been diagnosed with the condition, according to a newly released health surveillance study.

Service members with chronic insomnia were at higher risk for type II diabetes with a hazard ratio of 2.17 and for hypertension (hazard ratio of 2.00) when the data were adjusted for age, race, obesity and gender compared to a cohort of service members who had not been diagnosed with insomnia, according to the report released today in the October issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) published by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC).