Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sleep apnea and diabetes

There is a direct correlation between sleep apnea and diabetes. Twelve million Americans have sleep apnea and 23 million have diabetes. Studies have shown that forty percent of sleep apnea sufferers have diabetes.

At one time the excess weight that usually accompanies sleep apnea was seen as the connecting factor to diabetes. But now the connection seems to be the reaction the body has to the sudden jolt of waking up caused by sleep apnea. High levels hormone cortisol is produced which causes insulin and glucose intolerance. This may lead to the development of diabetes. The use of cpap reduces the insulin resistance.

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