Recent studies have shown that there is a likely correlation between type 2 diabetes and developing obstructive sleep apnea. The research shows that as many as 23% of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes may develop obstructive sleep apnea, while approximately 58% of type 2 diabetes patients may develop other form of sleep disorders.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and it is characterized by a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance refers to the body’s inability to use insulin properly, which eventually leads to high blood glucose levels. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going to the cells, it causes the cells to be starved for energy and over time it negatively affects the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep disorders that affect a person’s breathing pattern. The common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, gasping or choking sounds during sleep, and daytime fatigue or sleepiness. Like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea can also lead to a series of other health issues.
While more research is needed to determine the nature of the correlation between these two conditions, the current research shows that the association between the two is independent of overweight or obesity in patients.
If you are living with type 2 diabetes and present one or more sleep apnea symptoms, visit a specialist as soon as possible. If you don’t know where to find one, look no more! Dr. Pasha has the unique distinction of being certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and having a specialty certification in Sleep Medicine. Make an appointment today!