The Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes

March 9, 2009

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition in which sufferers actually
stop breathing in their sleep, often for a minute or longer and up to hundreds of times per night, is the
most common form of sleep disordered breathing, accounting for over 80 percent of cases.

Recent research shows significant links between OSA and Type 2 diabetes, including that nearly a quarter of Type 2 diabetes patients suffer from OSA, many unknowingly. Since OSA can have serious effects on blood sugar control and hypertension, and puts patients at higher risk for stroke and heart failure, it is incredibly important that patients with diabetes seek treatment if they exhibit symptoms such as frequent headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness or decreased memory, just to name a few.

For more information about sleep studies at the Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center, or to contact a physician who specializes in sleep disorders, call 812-949-5550.