sleep apnea and diabetes

Among people with diabetes, the prevalence of sleep apnea is very high (up to 58%1).

Similarly, among patients with sleep apnea both impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes have a high prevalence (in one study 50% of male sleep apnea patients had abnormal glucose tolerance, and 30% of them had diabetes2).

Obesity is a common and contributing factor to both sleep apnea and diabetes.

Despite the importance of obesity in both these diseases, studies have shown that sleep apnea is an additional contributing factor that is independently associated with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.3,4 Insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes.

CPAP improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control in patients with sleep apnea, particularly for non-obese patients.

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  • Is sleep apnea related to depression?

    Sleep apnea is associated with many serious conditions, including depression. Millions of people suffer from this life-threatening condition, which may be linked with untreated sleep apnea. Although the sleep apnea depression link is complex, it’s thought that people with depression may be more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing.

    It can be challenging to get a proper diagnosis since sleep apnea and depression share common symptoms like fatigue, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, sexual dysfunction and loss of interest in hobbies or activities. Depression may cause sleep apnea symptoms to surface and sleep apnea could also contribute to or worsen depressive symptoms. Because each person is different, some people might notice symptoms of depression before they notice that they’re having symptoms specific to sleep apnea like loud snoring or nighttime gasping and choking. If you are having any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away and ask to be screened for sleep apnea.

    If you doctor feels sleep apnea could be the issue, they will refer you to a sleep specialist for a sleep study, either in a sleep lab or even in your own home. During the test, sensors will collect your sleep data, and a sleep specialist will analyze this data to determine whether you need to proceed with sleep apnea treatment. If so, they will help you select the best treatment option.

  • additional supplement of Nutrition will help but it does not help in reduction of insulin and during sleep apnea patient suffers from lack of oxygen and due to de-saturation body do not generate insulin and that is the reason diabetic patient require additional insulin . so if you add Nutrition with cpap therapy then result will be excellent

  • Sleep apnea means abnormal pauses in breathing or instances abnormally slow breathing while sleeping.I was not knowing what is apnea,so I looked up wikipedia.

  • healthy Yogees breath 4-5 times/min while in sleep :)

    SICK body breathes 16-30 times/minute.

  • OSA is the end product of the complications indicated. Expert advise is most solicited..!

  • if you are diabetic, you have gained extra weight , or obese, you are taking insulin ,and you are suffering from disturb sleep you need to go for sleep screening

    before any complication comes related cardiac or neuromuscular disorder it starts from sleep apnea .

  • thanks fore the otherwise ignored problem !

  • what will happen if a person not taken food after putting heavy Insulin

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