Treatment

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most widely accepted treatment for OSA. A bedside device gently delivers pressurized air via a mask or pillows system. This pressure acts like an "air splint" to keep the upper airway open thereby preventing obstructive apneas.

CPAP treatment does not involve drugs or surgery and helps hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, enjoy a healthier sleep and a healthier life.

Treatment of OSA with CPAP therapy is important in type 2 diabetic patients to improve both chronic conditions. CPAP treatment should result in:

  • Significant improvements in Insulin Sensitivity after just 48 hours of CPAP therapy1
  • A fall in mean systemic blood pressure of up to 10mmHg2

Many patients experience the benefits quickly - often after the first night of use.

 

References:

1 Harsch I, et al., CPAP treatment rapidly improves Insulin Sensitivity in Patients with OSAS. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2003 16:156-162

2 Becker H., et al., Effect of Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment on Blood Pressure in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Circulation, 2003; 107(1): 68 - 73.

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