Sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to be interrupted or stopped during sleep, can raise the risk for Type II Diabetes and/or worsen the effects of the disease, a new study published by the American Diabetes Association suggests. The sleep disorder affects between 30% to 80% of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients, especially those on dialysis. WebMD also noted that, " Diabetes and sleep problems often go hand in hand. Diabetes can cause sleep loss, and there’s evidence that not sleeping well can increase your risk of developing diabetes."
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According to researchers, the solution for people who suffer sleep apnea, including CKD and Diabetes patients, is to wear a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask that helps assure uninterrupted breathing.
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Sleep apnea is a prevalent issue among people with CKD and Diabetes because of obesity, severe emotional stress, changes in sleep patterns, spiked blood sugar levels causing sleep disruption for night-time urination, and inadequate blood clearance for dialysis patients. One of the symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring. Snores are interrupted by breathing pauses which cause dangerous drops in oxygen during sleep, sharply raising the risk of Type II Diabetes. The person then will snort or gasp to take in air and the snoring continues until their next "apnea."
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While most CKD and Diabetics do not recall their apnea, sure signs of sleep disruption are feelings of tiredness and drowsiness during the day. Blood sugar control is closely connected to sleep apnea. Hence, more severe sleep apnea is generally associated with poorer blood sugar control.
Your Nephrologists and Primary Care Physicians can best determine the approach to promptly correct your condition. However, you should note that University of Chicago researchers found that many who use a CPAP mask remove it in the middle of the night because they feel uncomfortable. As a result, their sleep apnea is likely to go untreated since Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep has the most detrimental effects on long-term blood sugar control, and occurs in the early morning hours before waking. So if you use a mask, be sure not to remove it in order to best treat your apnea.
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