Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the US, affecting nearly 26 million people. This serious condition can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, , kidney failure and circulation problems, among other complications.
Half of all patients with diabetes also have obstructive sleep apnea and research supports the strong association between the two conditions.
Sleep Apnea Can Cause or Complicate Diabetes
Research shows that untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of diabetes by 50%. Studies indicate that sleep apnea has been linked with insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and impaired glucose metabolism independent of diabetes.
For people who already have diabetes, sleep apnea can cause serious complications. Untreated sleep apnea symptoms include is associated with dramatically increased insulin resistance, which can make it difficult for patients to control their blood sugar levels with diet, exercise or drug therapy.
Independent of each other, diabetes and sleep apnea are associated with a higher risk of death. Together they pose an unacceptable risk for anyone.
Treat Your Sleep Apnea to Control Your Diabetes
Sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment can be an important tool in improving diabetes management. Sleep apnea therapy has rapid results:
Learn how to get tested for sleep apnea in the comfort and privacy of your own home with a NovaSom Home Sleep Test.This information is intended for consumer education. Please discuss with your provider because only he or she can order a home sleep test.