Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by repeated stopping and starting of breathing. This disorder could be potentially serious if untreated. The stopping of breathing typically last 20 to 40 seconds as the muscles which control breathing in the throat intermittently relax and block the airway. People who snore are more apt to have this disorder. The symptoms and signs of OSA listed below are among the most cited.

  • Headache in the morning
  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Sudden awaking with shortness of breath
  • Severe fatigue
  • High blood pressure

Recent researches reveal the long-term effects of OSA are related to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of many diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol in the blood that may be prevented or “checked” by life style modifications, such as balanced diet and exercise. The result of the study based on a 244 patients pool concluded that patients with OSA were almost three times more at risk for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia (bad cholesterol in the blood) in comparison to the control group. And this points to the need of immediate medical attention to treat OSA. Especially when the snoring is loud enough to wake up others, waking up with shortness of breath or irregular breathing, feeling excessive tired during the day. The jurors are still out as to the exact way(s) OSA increase the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Mayo Clinic recommends some self-care methods for the mild case of OSA.

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Try to sleep on your side or abdomen
  • Use saline nasal drop or spray if you are congested

For more information about OSA
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obstructive-sleep-apnea/DS00968

 

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Diabetes Daily Post Health Care Staff

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  1. Great information in this article. I previously understood the dangers of sleep apnea but did not realize that it can contribute to the many medical conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. l plan on discussing this with a number of individuals this week.

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