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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea – Should I Get Tested?

People who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes and hypertension are being highly advised to be evaluated for sleep apnea, as sleep apnea can greatly further affect the health of people who have these two types of medical conditions. The Sleep Apnea Temecula Center is advising people who fall into these two health issue categories to be evaluated by a sleep medicine dentist for sleep apnea.

dissorderThe doctors at Sleep Apnea Temecula advise people with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension to be evaluated for sleep apnea because people with these health issues are more prone to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is when the person actually stops breathing in their sleep due to obstructive air flow, which in severe cases can result in death. There is overwhelming evidence that Type 2 diabetes sufferers and people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, or more inclined to suffer from sleep apnea, which in turn can worsen their initial health issues. This makes seeking professional help to evaluate and treat sleep apnea more imperative.

Studies show that seeking the help of a board-certified sleep medicine physician will not only aid in managing sleep apnea symptoms, but will also improve the symptoms of hypertension. With over 67 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure, between 30-40 percent of these Americans also suffer from sleep apnea (and over 80 percent of hypertension patients who do not respond to hypertensive medications becoming prone to developing sleep apnea), which is a staggering number that can be greatly controlled with the proper therapy. The patients with resistant hypertension seem to be at the greatest risk for also having sleep apnea, which studies have shown, can be greatly reduced with the help of sleep apnea treatments.

Managing sleep apnea symptoms has shown been proven to greatly help manage Type 2 diabetes symptoms. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90 percent of all diabetes cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 25 million adults in America with diabetes, with over 70 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes having OSA. The CDC also shows that the severity of obstructive sleep apnea with type 2 diabetes patients seems to directly impact their diabetes symptoms, with patients with severe sleep apnea having less ability to control their glucose levels. Studies done on Type 2 diabetes patients with sleep apnea not only are better able to control their overall glucose levels and insulin sensitivity, but they are also able to better control nighttime glucose levels, which are more prone to be unstable due to the long stretch of time without food.

The University of Chicago recently conducted a study on type 2 diabetics with sleep apnea and found that using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) at night to help manage sleep apnea symptoms also helped to manage diabetic symptoms, often times with as much as an effect as certain diabetic medications taken by mouth. The study showed that by using CPAP for one week helped lower 24-hour glucose levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes and OSA. Esra Tasali, MD, lead author of the study and assistant professor of medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University Of Chicago Department Of Medicine, also said that early morning glucose spikes were lowered by over 40 percent with the help of CPAP therapy. Not only does the treatment of sleep apnea help with diabetes symptoms, but it also improves alertness, memory, and cognitive function.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then  we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a  consultation.


3 Responses to “Diabetes and Sleep Apnea – Should I Get Tested?”

  1. Jess H. says:

    Sleep apnea is no laughing matter. If left untreated it could cause many different problems. I am glad that I got this check out, you should to. 🙂

  2. Seth P. says:

    I have sleep apnea and have had troubles sleeping. I now have treatments for this and my ability to sleep has got better. Nice work doctor.

  3. Phil. C. says:

    Sleep apnea and diabetes isn’t something you should take lightly. If you are in doubt like I was then have it checked out. Now I know whats going on and can tackle the issues at hand. Thanks for helping me see the light.