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Sleep Apnea Can Boost Diabetes Risk

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Friday, 17 November 2017 11:41 AM

Weight gain, lack of exercise, and poor diet are all tied to Type 2 diabetes. But researchers warn that another key risk factor can increase the odds of developing the metabolic disorder: sleep apnea.

And that may come as a surprise to many of the growing number of Americans who suffer from the sleep disorder and don’t know it’s linked to diabetes, says Dr. Joseph Krainin, a board-certified sleep medicine and neurology specialist and founder of Singular Sleep – telemedicine health startup licensed to practice in 40 states.

Krainin explains that undiagnosed and/or untreated sleep apnea may cause, or worsen, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. As a result, it’s important that diabetics be screened for sleep apnea.

"Although there is a solid body of medical research studies to link obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and diabetes mellitus (DM) and screening recommendations from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology respectively, my experience is that the majority of diabetes patients, as well as the healthcare providers who manage them, are unaware of this important connection," says Krainin, chief medical advisor for SoClean, the CPAP sanitizing device company

Interrupted sleep, which occurs with sleep apnea, can cause an increased stress on the body and make it harder to keep blood sugar levels under control. Excess weight around the neck in those with Type 2 diabetes can obstruct the airway during sleep, resulting in stopping and starting breathing repeatedly – the hallmark characteristic of sleep apnea.

The abnormal breathing patterns can boost blood glucose levels that promotes the insulin resistance that underlies type 2 diabetes.

Treating apnea with a CPAP device or other methods can improve blood sugar control and hemoglobin A1C, studies show.

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