Sleep Apnoea and Diabetes

Last updated on July 6th, 2023 at 02:51 pm

Researchers have long identified the links between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) with a number of serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, mental health and obesity. However, more recently, studies have been identifying a strong link between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, and Type 2 Diabetes. Figures to support this link argue that approximately 40% of those diagnosed with OSA have also been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Research suggests that treating OSA, may help control Type 2 Diabetes; and/or treating Type 2 Diabetes, may help control Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

Sleep is vital for your body to refuel and repair itself. This process involves regulating your blood sugar levels, and therefore preventing the development of Diabetes. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea sufferers, will stop breathing throughout the night causing their sleep to be interrupted and of poor quality. This poor quality sleep can lead hormones to be triggered that will cause insulin resistance; also increased apatite, whilst attempting to receive and restore energy by other means; and also decreased energy levels for exercise.

A study at McGill University, Montreal, found that those with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea sufferers, who also suffer from pre-Diabetes, could hinder the profession of their Diabetes, by using the current, most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

The number of people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Diabetes is increasing, and understanding the link between these two serious conditions, is critical in improving health and quality of life.

If you believe you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and/or Type 2 Diabetes, it is vital that you seek help from a medical professional, for both conditions. Understanding the link between these two serious conditions, will enable you to take the vital, tailored steps towards a healthier you.

For more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, the various symptoms and effects it can have, and an insight into the CPAP therapy available, visit our advice page.