Sleep Apnea May Set the Stage for Type 2 Diabetes

Past research has given health professionals good cause to suspect that sleep disorders are linked with many metabolic disorders, including diabetes. Now, a new study has strengthened those views.

Research conducted at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland showed a strong link between metabolic disturbances and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As part of their study, researchers recruited 7,886 subjects. While some of the participants were completely healthy, a percentage suffered from OSA. After testing each person, researchers found that sleep apnea sufferers showed elevated glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which was likely linked to night-time hypoxemia (low oxygen in the blood).

According to Brian Kent, MBBCh, who led the study, high HbA1c is associated with both an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Getting Help

Countless Americans suffer from OSA; however, very few get the help they so desperately need. Often, sufferers choose to live with their symptoms, because they simply cannot sleep while wearing CPAP masks, which are typically used to treat sleep apnea.

If you have been trying to live with general fatigue, frequent waking, daytime drowsiness and snoring; it’s time to seek help from an experienced professional. Dr. Roubal can provide an effective sleep apnea treatment that will have you sleeping comfortably through the night. Not only might this lower your risk of disease; it will drastically improve the quality of your day-to-day life. Don’t wait another day for the relief you deserve. Contact Dr. Roubal’s office today.