Sleep apnea and diabetes

Sleep apnea and diabetes are two diseases that often go hand in hand. Indeed, 70% of people living with type 2 diabetes have some form of sleep apnea,1 which can result in poor sleep, daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

People with diabetes and sleep apnea share common risk factors, including gender, age and obesity. They are typically male and over the age of 40.

Symptoms for diabetes and sleep apnea also overlap and include:

  • Obesity
  • Impaired glucose metabolism
  • Nocturnal sweating and nocturia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fragmented sleep
  • Fatigue

Diabetes and sleep apnea can eventually lead to other serious health problems like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

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  1. Einhorn et al, ‘Prevalence of sleep apnea in a population of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus’, Endocr Pract, 2007.

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