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World Diabetes Day - November 14th, 2010

World Diabetes Day - Nov 14thSunday November 14 marks “World Diabetes Day”.  What an appropriate time to shed some light on the issues associated with sleep apnea and diabetes.  We hear more and more about sleep apnea these days and rightfully so.  It causes or is linked to some pretty serious health problems.  It is associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, chronic fatigue, depression, GERD and diabetes.

There is a definite link, as clinical studies have shown, between sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes.  The common link between Type 2 diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is related to what happens to the body when sleep apneas occur.  OSA is a common condition when the upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep.  This causes a decreased amount of airflow that stresses the heart and causes blood pressure to rise.  If left untreated, OSA can worsen glucose control and insulin resistance, which can lead to blood sugar imbalance.

If you think you are at risk of having OSA try answering these questions:

  • Do you snore?
  • Do you ever stop breathing while sleeping?
  • Are you groggy during the day?
  • Are you depressed?
  • Do you have morning headaches?
  • Do you experience nighttime gasping, choking or coughing?
  • Do you have a history of high blood pressure?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions you need to speak with your doctor.  Your doctor will be able to assess your situation and may recommend a sleep study in order to determine of you indeed have OSA. 

If you are diagnosed with and then treat OSA clinical studies have shown you may experience a marked difference on the delay or prevention of Type 2 diabetes.  You may also reduce diabetic complications, no longer feel groggy, and your potential for heart attack and stroke is reduced.

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Reader Comments (3)

I know of someone who lives on wheatgrass for her diet and her blood sugar range has greatly reduced! I think we all can learn something from that!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennette Green

If you are being treated for high blood pressure it is very important to have regular check ups with your doctor. You will need to monitor your blood pressure to make sure that it is stable. You will also need to check your medications and make sure that they are still working properly for you, and that there are no intolerable side effects. You will also need regular blood tests for hidden side effects.

If you are not taking any medications for high blood pressure then it is important to still monitor your blood pressure. Fortunately this can be done at many drug stores with their public machines. However, please bear in mind that these machines are not calibrated very often – so they could easily be wrong! So have your blood pressure checked regularly at a doctors office.

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March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennette Green

It was help in the realisation of my project on health issues of which diabetes was the main focus.thnks for sharing

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Blaken

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