Sleep Apnea Increases the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


Obstructive sleep apnea

Lately, obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s airway is blocked during sleep.

About 13 percent of men and 6 percent of women have sleep apnea that are undiagnosed.

“Over the last two decades, there is evidence that sleep apnea is associated with insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes,” said study leader, Mako Nagayoshi, as reported by Lifescript.

For the new study, researchers used data from 1,453 participants with an average age of 63 years.

All participants underwent a sleep study at home and did not have diabetes when the study began.

After approximately 13 years, 285 people developed type 2 diabetes.

Those with severe obstructive sleep apnea at baseline was about 70 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those classified as normal.

Approximately one out of ten adults suffer from diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Most had Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body can not make or process enough of the insulin hormone.

“Obesity increases the risk of both sleep apnea and diabetes,” said Paul E. Peppard, a sleep disorder researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Behavior such as maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the time in sedentary activities will simultaneously reduce the risk of developing sleep apnea and diabetes.