Sleep Apnoea & Diabetes

Up to 58% of patients with type 2 diabetes, also suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA is the most common type of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). The majority of these patients are unaware they have OSA.

Why treat patients with OSA and type 2 diabetes?

Extensive research indicates that effective treatment of OSA in people
suffering from type 2 diabetes can result in significant:

  • Improvements in insulin sensitivity
  • Reduction in after-meal blood glucose level
  • Reduction in mean arterial blood pressure

OSA Symptoms

This checklist can help identify whether your patients are presenting OSA symptoms :
  • Has their partner noticed that they snore, gasp or stop breathing?
  • Do they often wake up feeling unrefreshed?
  • Do they sometimes feel excessively sleepy during the day?
  • Do they find it difficult to concentrate?
  • Do they have hypertension?
  • Do they have type 2 diabetes?
RSM Seminar information
Watch the exclusive interview with Prof. Sir George Alberti. Professor Sir George Alberti discusses why we should care about sleep apnoea in the diabetes community...
IDF Endorsement
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has recognised the benefits of more aggressively diagnosing and treating people with sleep apnoea and diabetes. They recently recommended that all people with type 2 diabetes be screened for OSA, indicating their serious concern for the longer term health risks associated with this correlation between the two chronic disease states. Sleep in the Media...

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