Sleep apnea and diabetes
More than 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea. Studies show that sleep apnea may affect the body’s ability to use glucose and insulin. We know there is a prevalence of 48% of sleep apnea in diabetic patients. Recent studies have also indicated that 70% of type 2 diabetics have sleep apnea. When patients with sleep apnea suffer from diabetes, they lose their ability to breakdown glucose ineffectively and therefore show increased sugar levels especially during the morning. This results in uncontrolled sugar levels for diabetic patients and increased sugar levels, which could lead to life threatening concerns for the patient. When diabetic patients are treated for their sleep apnea, there is an improvement in glucose levels and better control over their diabetes.