Insulin needs oxygen to work

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-06-29 09:53:40 -0500
Started 2014-06-25 14:19:59 -0500

This is a link to an article that appeared in this morning's Tampa Bay Times. It concludes that lack of oxygen increases insulin resistance. Thought it interesting enough to share.

7 replies

KDinMD2 2014-06-29 09:53:40 -0500 Report

I too have sleep apnea. If you have insomnia, wake up with headaches or just feel really, really tired all the time go to your doctor and ask about this…

neverlowbg 2014-06-26 12:59:32 -0500 Report

That is interesting to know it's amazing how o2 is so important to body functions and not just breathing hmmmm

Glucerna 2014-06-25 19:25:00 -0500 Report

You know you're dedicated when you spend 8 weeks on Mt Everest to complete a research study! This is a really interesting idea about low oxygen levels as we age, or in people with obesity, possibly leading to inflammation and insulin resistance. I wonder how they'll do a follow-up study? ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2014-06-25 20:50:55 -0500 Report

Fortunately, they're not likely to find a higher mountain, then the 29000 ft Mt Everest!

jigsaw 2014-06-25 14:42:30 -0500 Report

I had sleep apnea for many years before it was diagnosed! My wife accrued quite a collection of ear plugs and hearing protectors as a result. She claimed my snoring was so thunderous ( ) throughout the night, that it sounded as if she was in the midst of a battle. There were nights that she claimed she tried all she could do, to refrain from putting a pillow over my face. Good thing my woman loves me! So finally, and after a sleep study, I got a c-pap machine, and now we can sleep happily ever after!

This is part of the reason, that I found this article not only interesting, but very informative. I do believe that my sleep apnea played a role in my developing diabetes. I'm not sure to what extent though.

Excellent article with some alerting info!

GabbyPA 2014-06-25 14:39:16 -0500 Report

That is very interesting and kind of makes sense to why things like sleep apnea can be contributing factors to some of this and whey exercise helps so much because we are working more oxygen into our blood stream.