Sleep Apnea Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a person stops and starts breathing many times during sleep, is linked to type 2 diabetes. In a study of about 1.5 million primary care records, the condition was nearly twice as common among those with type 2 as those without. Among those with diabetes, risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea included being male, overweight or obese, and on insulin, in addition to having diabetes-related foot disease, certain types of heart conditions, depression, and a history of smoking. Be sure to tell your doctor if you think you might have obstructive sleep apnea, especially if you’ve been told you snore loudly and you often feel sleepy during the day. Treatments are available to help ease your breathing.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online March 12, 2019