Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
... a Lethal Combination

New research confirms that sleep apnea and diabetes has a "clear, graded, inverse relationship" according to the University of Chicago. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes has been confirmed.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an umbrella organization consisting of more than 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries recommends that health care professionals be aware of the connection between sleep apnea and diabetes.

They recommend that patients with either of the conditions be tested for the other.

Don't Delay. Get Tested!
The diabetes and sleep apnea connection is a serious health risk.

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes Facts:

• More than 50% of patients with type 2 diabetes have obstructive sleep apnea.
(Young T, Peppard PE, Gottlieb DJ. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2002;165(9):1217–1239)
• Those afflicted with both diabetes and sleep apnea are more likely to suffer a stroke in the future.
(Dr. Arthur Friedlander, associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the UCLA School of Dentistry and associate chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles.)
• Adults who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are three times more likely to also have diabetes.
(UCLA School of Dentistry/Department of Veterans Affairs study as published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.)
• At least 80% of their [diabetic] patients, if properly screened and studied, will be found to have OSA.
(John Heffner, M.D., past president of the American Thoracic Society)
• 86% of obese patients with type 2 diabetes have undiagnosed sleep apnea; 33.4% had moderate, and 22% had severe. It's [OSA] is linked to depression, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and a multitude of other health problems.
(Gary D. Foster, PhD, a professor of medicine and public health and the Direcor of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University.)
• 70% of moderately obese diabetics who snored or were sleepy had OSA.
(Brooks, B et al. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 79: 1681-5, 1994.)
• 80% of type 2 diabetics are overweight and have central obesity.
(Brooks, B et al. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 79: 1681-5, 1994.)
• Subjects who self-reported less than 6 hours of sleep were twice as likely to develop diabetes. Subjects sleeping longer than 8 hours were three times more likely to develop diabetes.
(Yaggi HK, Araujo AB, McKinlay JB.)
• Sleep duration is a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes.
(Diabetes Care. 2006;29(3):657–661)

Obesity has be proven to have direct effects on both sleep apnea and diabetes. With the obesity's epidemic status continually rising, it's no wonder that the number of people with both diabetes and sleep apnea is also increasing.

Due to the CPAP device's good results for obstructive sleep apnea, it is recommended that patients follow their healthcare professional's recommendation, if a CPAP has been prescribed. However, if you are not complying with using a CPAP, that is, if your CPAP is sitting unused collecting dust or you have resisted buying one, reconsider adapting to this life-saving technology. CPAP manufactures continue to improve technology and comfort. You can also  explore other drug-free alternatives to treat both your sleep apnea and diabetes type 2.

Studies indicate that mild and medium obstructive sleep apnea can be successfully treated using positional therapy, dental devices, losing weight, or even by playing a didgereedo.

Studies also indicate that Type 2 diabetes can be successfully treated by adopting a healthy life style. Good nutrition plays a big role, such as eliminating processed foods, eating fresh vegetables as your main carbohydrate source, including healthy fats, eliminating sugar in all forms, (keep your fruit intake to a minimum), and exercise. Making immediate improvements, will help avoid other major, debilitating health issues.

Don't wait for your doctor to make the connection; take charge of your own health. Avoid major health damage and get quicker results by taking immediate, corrective action.

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, ask your healthcare professional to test you for diabetes. And, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes type 2, get a sleep study done to determine if you have sleep apnea ... for the health of it!

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