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
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?