#It’sMoreThanSnoring Sleep Apnea Goes Hand in Hand with… Diabetes?
In the last post of our #It’sMoreThanSnoring campaign, we investigated the surprising connection between sleep apnea and those with epilepsy and seizures. If you missed it, check it out at this link.
In this post, we will explain the link between sleep apnea and diabetes. A good night’s sleep is crucial in regulating energy levels and blood levels in those with diabetes. Poor sleep is directly related to weight gain and obesity, which we have discussed in previous posts. Obesity is another risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Those who have a sleep disorder like OSA have an increased risk of developing diabetes, as well as gaining weight.
Research estimates that 86 percent of those with diabetes, particularly type 2, have OSA. For these OSA patients, their sleep apnea affects their glucose and insulin control, and oftentimes goes undiagnosed. Some studies have shown that there is also an association between sleep apnea and hemoglobin levels, which measure your average blood glucose level. Another aspect that goes hand in hand with sleep apnea is diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the blood vessels in the patient’s retina, which impairs their vision.
A study showed that experimental sleep restriction affects blood sugar and decreases insulin sensitivity. Research showed that in healthy young males, eliminating amount of sleep caused prediabetes symptoms, but the symptoms were reversed after increasing their hours of sleep.
It is very possible that Americans’ lack of sleep contributes to adverse effects on our blood sugar. Getting eight hours will reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s important to understand why sleep is so vital to our everyday lives. As we are aware, a good night sleep is responsible for increased energy throughout the day, increased health benefits and improved mood.
Quality sleep is not a luxury, it is a necessity for your health. Give your body the care it deserves.
Here at Somerville Dental Sleep Medicine, we provide our patients with all they need to achieve quality sleep. Please reach out to our office to schedule an appointment if you or someone you know is struggling with this condition.
If you or a loved one could potentially be suffering from sleep apnea, please spread the word. So many people have no idea of the toll it takes on the body, so that’s why the goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition.