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The Link between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes


The Links between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Scientists continue to learn about more health and related adverse factors when it comes to sleep and diabetes.  They have learned that conditions are discovered side-by-side and can even exacerbate one another. Research has revealed how Sleep Apnea connects to Diabetes, a rather severe combination.

Unfortunately, each condition might make the other one worse, invariably. If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea, it is paramount for your doctor to investigate risk factors and protect your long-term health.


Does Sleep Apnea affect diabetes?

Plenty of links exist between Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes.  The two conditions have a common joint risk factor: obesity. Excess weight adversely affects how and why the body processes sugar. This fact alone confirms that obesity is among the top risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Excess weight is also predominantly considered a significant risk factor in the development of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is due to fat deposits inhibiting smooth and normal breathing.

Evidence also shows that Sleep Apnea is guilty of developing an internal evironment for diabetes. When there is disturbed sleep, it inhibits the body’s ability to properly process sugar. Poor sleep quality brings about chronic fatigue and leads to increases in blood glucose.

Researchers understand that stress associated with poor sleep lead to hormonal changes t which influence the release of stored glucose. The definitive link between blood sugar and Sleep Apnea is that those who have a risk for type 2 diabetes can sustain sleep problems.

Problems associated with Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes are made worse by  complications each of these ill health conditions can cause. Individuals who have type 2 diabetes and or Sleep Apnea do present a higher risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.


Talk to Your Doctor 

According to research, the links between sleep and diabetes indicate and suggest that anyone who has either should be thoroughly tested. For instance, individiuals who havebeen diagnosedwith type 2 diabetes also have a fifty percent chance of developing Sleep Apnea.

The risk runs higher for men as they age: it is postulated that two out of three men over 65 who have type 2 diabetes also develop Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is critical to note that without proper testing, men cannot get the treatment that they need to improve their sleep and their general health.


Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is not simply snoring, as most believe. Sleep Apnea involves periods of time of no breathing, such as ten seconds to a minute or more, per instance. These periods of “no breathing” time rob the brain of oxygen and cause poor quality sleep and possibly jar someone awake.. If you have type 2 diabetes and suffer from any factor on the following list, talk to your doctor about a sleep study:

  • frequent or loud snoring.
  • insomnia.
  • sleepiness during the day.
  • sore throat.
  • dry mouth.
  • depression.
  • weight gain.
  • mood swings.


Treating Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

The links established between Sleep Apnea and diabetes create a problematic health issue. However, there are ways to ease or control one issue over the other and “treat” everything overall. One way is the loss of body weight.

Losing weight is considered the most effective treatment when winning the battle against both Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes. Many people find that they feel better when using an effective medical weight loss program.

Moreover, when better health is achieved through lifestyle changes, therapies that directly address Sleep Apnea do help. For example, many people who are able to get better sleep and stop Sleep Apnea symptoms use a PAP device when sleeping.

Today’s CPAP machines (versus earlier machines) are more effective and advanced than earlier models. There is also a wider spectrum of masks available to achieve the best comfort. Many who get a firm Sleep Apnea diagnosis and use a CPAP device consistently do experience relief within one to two months. For instance, users will discover they no longer experience low mood and intense brain fog that result from a poor night’s sleep. This reduction in stress allows metabolism to process sugar more efficiently, thereby reducing type 2 diabetes symptoms, as well.

Finally, If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or Sleep Apnea, please talk to your doctor about all risks. Simple tests are available and determine if you are suffering from one or both conditions. By gaining important information, you can create a plan to improve sleep, your metabolism and feel better.


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Written and Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT

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