Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Diabetic retinopathy and sleep apnea

A recent study suggests that there may be a connection between diabetic retinopathy and sleep apnea. The study showed that out of 118 men with diabetes over half had diabetic retinopathy, while only a third didn’t.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease found in patients who have diabetes. It is severe enough to significantly damage vision or may cause complete blindness. It comes in four stages from mild, the first stage to the advanced stage proliferative. What happens is blood vessels swell in the retina that may lead to fluid leakage. The last stage can be treated with laser surgery. It has also been shown that if the sleep apnea can be cured then this eye problem wouldn’t be so bad.

It seems like everything is connected to sleep apnea. Chronic pain, heart disease, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and many more health related problems can somehow be connected to sleep apnea.

It makes me wish I could use a cpap machine.

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