The Sleep Apnea and Diabetes Connection
... 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.

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
... a Serious Health Risk

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 diabetes and sleep apnea.

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

It's important to your health that you don't delay. Don't wait for your health practitioner. As soon as you've received the first diagnoses, request that you be tested for the other one.

People with Both Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Rising

Obesity has be proven to have direct effects on both diabetes and sleep apnea. 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 your sleep apnea.

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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