Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Have Diabetes? Get Screened for Sleep Apnea

About 85 % of sleep apnea cases among diabetics go undiagnosed, simply because doctors do not screen for the condition, according to a speaker at the 35th annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The speaker urged doctors treating diabetics to institute effective screening protocols to identify possible sufferers and send them to specialists for diagnosis of sleep apnea and, if necessary, sleep apnea treatment.

As part of the numerous dangers of sleep apnea, sleep apnea sufferers are at an increased risk of suffering diabetes. Some studies suggest that sleep apnea may worsen insulin resistance. In addition, behavioral effects related to daytime sleepiness, such as snacking and stimulant consumption, followed by inactivity, can worsen diabetes and impair behaviors such as exercise and diet control that are an important part of diabetes treatment.

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to be tested for sleep apnea to make sure that you can effectively treat both conditions together for maximum effect. If you have diabetes and have not been tested for sleep apnea, but think you might have the condition, contact the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Gurnee, Illinois, today for a free initial sleep apnea consultation.

posted by Dr. Candelaria at 1:07 PM