Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Up to one in four people with type 2 diabetes may also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that causes your breathing to pause over and over as you sleep. OSA makes blood-sugar control more difficult and may raise your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.

You may have OSA if your bed partner reports that you snore loudly and seem to gasp for air at night; if you wake up feeling tired, irritable, forgetful, and headachy; or if you’re extremely sleepy during the day. OSA raises the risk for traffic accidents by making you drowsy at the wheel, too.

If this sounds like you, ask  your doctor whether you should be evaluated at a sleep clinic. It’s worth it: In one study of 25 people with diabetes who got treatment for their OSA, researchers found that after-meal blood sugar levels dropped from 191 mg/dl to a healthier 130 mg/dl. The best fix for OSA? A continuous positive air pressure machine that blows a gentle stream of air into your throat to keep airways open.


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3 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

  1. I hate to break your bubble here folks but sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes are not just for fat people. Thin people all over the world are also diabetics and may or may not have sleep apnea

  2. Diabetes type 11 and sleep apnea are both cured with weight loss. When people are so overweight that they cause themselves serious disorders like diabetes and sleep apnea clearly other issues are going on besides just eating less. I can promise anyone that if people with these life threatening diseases could simply eat less they would have by now. I think an abstinent based diet, free completely from sugar and flour are the only possible way for the food addict to lose weight. And it is so easy once you give it up. There are lots of programs to help OA, or the eyou diet. Whatever it is that you use – find help quickly.

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