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CPAP Devices Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetics

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Type 2 diabetics with obstructive sleep apnea who use so-called “continuous positive airway pressure” (CPAP) devices are not only likely to get more shut-eye but also benefit from better blood-sugar management, new research has found.

The study, published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, tracked 50 patients with both OSA and uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. Some were asked to use CPAP masks, while the others were not.

After six months, the researchers found CPAP users had lower levels of insulin resistance and hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels — key markers of diabetes — than nonusers. In addition, the CPAP group had fewer inflammatory proteins and other biomarkers associated with Type 2 diabetes blood sugar control.

Dr. Francisco Garcia-Rio, professor of medicine at Autonoma University of Madrid and senior study author, said the research deepens scientists’ understanding of the links between diabetes and apnea.

"OSA is a public health problem of the first order, due to its high prevalence and marked morbidity and mortality, having been linked to traffic accidents, cardiovascular complications and, more recently, neoplastic diseases," he said. "Diabetes mellitus is a global epidemic. There are currently 382 million diabetics worldwide, a figure which is estimated to reach 592 million in 2035."

He added that the findings suggest that "early identification of OSA in patients with Type 2 diabetes, and assessment for metabolic abnormalities in those with OSA could reduce the cardiovascular disease risk of patients with these chronic diseases."

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