Friday, January 15, 2010

Sleep Apnea Treatment Bodes Well For Type 2 Diabetics

A New study from the University of Chicago found that untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can negatively impact type 2 diabetics.

OSA occurs when a person’s airway collapses repeatedly during sleep. This disruption in airflow causes the person to wake up and breathe throughout the night. Sleep apnea often keeps people from getting restorative sleep.

The study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. It showed that OSA may negatively affect glucose control. In turn, this effect worsens the health problems associated with type 2 diabetes.

The study involved 60 people with type 2 diabetes. They were all 41 to 77 years old.

Patients underwent an overnight sleep study. The study determined if they had sleep apnea.

Three-quarters of the patients suffered from OSA. None of them were receiving treatment.

There were 23 people with mild sleep apnea. Fifteen people had moderate apnea. And eight people suffered from severe OSA.

Increasing severity of sleep apnea was clearly linked with poorer glucose control. This association remained even after taking into account factors like obesity. Obesity can lead to more complications for diabetes patients.

The American Thoracic Society estimates that 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes have OSA.

This study suggests that sleep apnea treatment can improve diabetes management and glycemic control.

Patients have many treatment options, including oral appliance therapy.

The researchers hope that physicians will encourage their type 2 diabetes patients to get screened for OSA.

Source: WebMD

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