Sleep Apnea and Diabetes


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Researchers at the University of Chicago recently found that if someone has Type 2 diabetes, it is likely that this condition could worsen if they also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the researchers, obstructive sleep apnea adversely affects glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes and is often undiagnosed.

Diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea in diabetics could help with effective treatment of both conditions. John Heffner, M.D., past president of the American Thoracic Society affirmed, “At least 80 percent of their patients, if properly screened and studied, will be found to have OSA, which is a treatable condition. Treating their breathing problem might improve their glycemic control and long-term complications from diabetes.”