Sleep Apnea, Diabetes and You

April 26, 2017 |  by  |  About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea and diabetes seem to go hand in hand in some cases. Both are very common, there’s no known cure for either of them, yet they can be controlled with the right medication and treatment plan. These are both silent diseases that you probably don’t even know that you have. It is said that sixty percent of American men have both disease and don’t even know it.


If you don’t know you have either of these diseases then they will be hard to control. Mixing sugar with no sleep is bad enough for people who don’t have either of these things but when you have both it can be detrimental to your health. If you don’t know you have either of these things and just have a little extra sugar to help you get through your day can be fatal. This is because adding extra sugar can counter act your glucose levels and send you crashing. It can cause you to feel dizzy, black out or even faint.

If sleep apnea goes untreated you can have constant fatigue which will lead to a laundry list of issues. Those include poor concentration, lack of energy, even depression, and can cause accidents at work or home. Then there are your major issues like high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. If your sleep apnea goes untreated then the heart attacks or strokes that you have can become deadly.

Lack of sleep can also cause the body to stop processing glucose correctly which can cause high blood glucose levels which can cause diabetes. Another issue sleep apnea may have in connection with diabetes is insulin resistance. This is where the muscles, fat and liver cells do not use the insulin the correct way. This is the main problem with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can also be the cause for sleep apnea because of the damage it does to the nerves that control your heartbeat and breathing. But the main factor that can cause both sleep apnea and diabetes is obesity.

There are many treatments for both of these diseases. One positive thing is changing your habits and losing some of the excess body weight. Even losing about ten percent of your body weight can be a huge improvement. Another thing to do is to avoid things like alcohol, tobacco and sleep aids before bed because these things relax your muscles in your throat and that is what causes sleep apnea.

The main way in treating both sleep apnea and diabetes is by doing continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP. CPAP is when you have help of a sleep aid such as the CPAP machine. It helps deliver the pressure that you can’t create on your own and also you receive the right amount of oxygen you need. This therapy helps people sleep better and it also helps improve their glucose levels which will reduce the risk of diabetes like heart and kidney disease. If you don’t know if you have either of these things but have felt the side effects then talk to your doctor because they are both easily diagnosed and treated.

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