Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Could uncontrollable blood pressure be a result of Sleep Apnea?

Diabetics often complain about excessive sleepiness, fatigue, irritation or depression. But it is a lesser known fact that it could be a result of Sleep Apnea. Studies claim that 40%* of people with Sleep Apnea suffer from diabetes. It is a common and potentially serious sleep disorder. These disruptions in breathing make the body discharge stress hormones, which raise the blood glucose level resulting in uncontrollable diabetes and blood pressure in most cases. Treatment of Sleep Apnea also improves the symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes.

Why should I be concerned?

  • Glycaemic control impairment in Type 2 diabetics
  • Development of diabetic complications
  • Worsened glucose control
  • Low insulin resistance
  • Persistent blood sugar imbalance

How can I benefit from the treatment of Sleep Apnea?

The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment of Sleep Apnea can improve glucose control and may, in some patients, have as much of an effect as an oral anti-diabetic medication.** Clinical studies suggest that treatment of Sleep Apnea can also benefit diabetics in the following ways:

  • Prevent or delay the progression of Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce diabetic complications
  • Improve daytime energy and glucose control
  • Reduce the potential risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease

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