Type 2 Diabetes by itself is a serious health condition. It also increases your risk for other conditions, such as neuropathy, vision loss, kidney failure and more. Obstructive sleep apnea raises your risk for Type 2 diabetes, but OSA is a treatable condition, allowing you to reduce and manage your risk for diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a condition in which your body does not produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to insulin, resulting in high blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels are linked to poor wound healing, weight gain and a host of other negative health effects.
Insufficient and/or poor quality sleep is linked to poor insulin efficiency (the ability to control blood sugar) and a need for more insulin to do the same job. In simple terms, poor sleep increases the odds for developing diabetes sooner and more severely. Poor sleep can also result in weight gain, and increased body mass is directly linked to the development of Prediabetes/Borderline Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and/or Metabolic Syndrome, which includes a group of partner conditions, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The relationship between diabetes and weight gain is similar to that between sleep apnea and weight gain. So, it is no surprise that up to 80% of people with diabetes have sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea but not diabetes, you can reduce your risk for developing the condition; if you have sleep apnea and diabetes, you can improve your diabetes control and prognosis with sleep apnea treatment.
CPAP effectively keeps airways open to ensure stable breathing throughout the night. Improved quantity and quality of sleep allows your body to more effectively restore and maintain endocrine stability.
To learn more about sleep apnea, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our sleep specialist, Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, personally educates patients about the condition and the diagnostic and treatment process.