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.
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!