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Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Diabetes

According to a French Study published in the July issue of the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ), sleep apnea is paving the way for diabetes. A research team at Angers University Hospital, France, now reveal that those with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from diabetes.

On the basis of the study involving nearly 700 snorers, the research team has demonstrated a link between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and metabolic disorders leading to diabetes, regardless of the subject’s age or weight.  The French team also found 40% of diabetics, identified by the study, had not been previously diagnosed.

Quite a Shock!

The diagnosis of sleep apnea was confirmed in 494 subjects.  “Their average age (55.6 years), their above average weight (mean BMI of 30.1) and their cardiovascular health (42% had arterial hypertension) corresponded to the typical profile for apnea sufferers,” the authors note.

The real shock comes into play from the diabetes figures.  The team concluded that subjects with sleep apnea are twice as likely to be diabetic (30.1% against 13.9%) than non-apneic snorers, and their glucose intolerance rates are higher by almost 50%.  Sleep apnea subjects must systematically be screened for diabetes.

Source: Sleep Care Solutions Diabetes Study