Sleep apnea is often associated with diabetes mellitus, but for those that experience daytime sleepiness due to breathing disorders during the night, sleep apnea can seriously increase diabetes risk . A recent Canadian study shows that severe sleep apnea sufferers face a two or three fold greater risk of diabetes than those witout.
The research was conducted by experts from Rockview General Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Tsai from the hospital was reported as commenting: “This raises the intriguing possibility that sleepiness (or sleep disruption) may have an independent effect on the risk for diabetes .”
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that occurs during the sleep and interrupts a steady sleeping pattern. The disorder causes repeated stops and starts in breathing rhythm, and can lead to daytime drowsiness. OSA and diabetes have long been associated, and severe OSA is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and death.

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