Studies show that 50% of Type 2 diabetics have sleep apnea

Jeannie Holmes
By Jeannie Holmes Latest Reply 2010-12-11 10:36:39 -0600
Started 2010-12-07 18:14:39 -0600

And yet, most of these people have not been diagnosed for their sleep problem. Because you have type 2 diabetes, you should also talk to your doctor about sleep apnea at your upcoming appointment.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep. It is a serious sleep disorder, and your health may be in danger if you suffer from it. Learn more about sleep apnea here.

Could You Be Suffering from Sleep Apnea?

You have type 2 diabetes — you may also have sleep apnea. Ask yourself:

Do you snore?
Do you feel tired during the day?
Do you wake up with headaches?

The answers to these questions can determine whether you might have a sleep problem.

19 replies

P2putt 2010-12-10 20:39:18 -0600 Report

I am a T2 and I have sleep apnea. My Doc told me it was largely due to my excessive weight.I use a C-PAP and this allows me to sleep as it prevents me from stop breathing.

runthe 2010-12-10 15:47:03 -0600 Report

I am suppose to go for my sleep apnea test next thursday. I probably won't no the results until I go to see my PCP in january.

ram63 2010-12-09 15:30:41 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea over 16 years ago, the cause of mine due to multiple neck trauma and scar tissue formation. I broke 6 vertebrae in my neck at 15 and had a basalar skull fracture at 24. ( auto accidents ) I would wake up in the middle of the night choking and gasping for breath. Ever since I was diagnosed and got my machine, i have been able to sleep fairly well through out the night. I became diabetic 8 years ago.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-08 23:11:26 -0600 Report

I had all those symptoms before I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My Dr wasn't sure which I might have. Thought it would be 1 or the other. Sent me for test in both and lo & behold it ended up to be both.

bace 2010-12-08 17:11:08 -0600 Report

I need to go for the sleep test, also. It has been brought to my attention to have my nose, septum, and sinuses checked first. They seem to be a problem for many people, which can cause the same symptoms as sleep apnea. I have a broken septum, I cannot breathe through the right side of my nose, which makes me a mouth breather, and again, same signs of sleep apnea.

GabbyPA 2010-12-08 13:06:14 -0600 Report

My problem is that without insurance, getting the test is not affordable. Is there a way to be treated without the sleep test?

QuakerArtist 2010-12-11 10:36:39 -0600 Report

Both my brother and my mom have that. They both got c-paps that they use at night. I took Requip after having a sleep study done until Medicare refused to pay for it. Then I switched to Gabapentin.

RAYT721 2010-12-08 05:32:03 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I just went for another sleep study last weekend and will see the results next week. This is a good discussion and more information on sleep apnea can be found with the associated website sleep connect, which I recently joined. The funny thing is that yes I snore but I don't get the headaches nor do I have fatigue during the day. The best bet to determine sleep apnea (where you stop breathing in your sleep) is with a professional sleep study. But it's very important to get tested because the complications from sleep apnea go beyond mild discomfort and can be life threatening. This is a subject for diabetics and non diabetics alike to discuss with their doctors.

Eversinging1 2010-12-07 21:27:00 -0600 Report

Jimmy tells me I make these gawd-awful noises when I sleep and make choking noises. he wakes me up several times during the night so i can turn over. I wake up in the morning feeling like I ran a marathon.

QuakerArtist 2010-12-11 10:35:33 -0600 Report

Both my brother and my mom have that. They both got c-paps that they use at night. I took Requip after having a sleep study done until Medicare refused to pay for it. Then I switched to Gabapentin.

Eversinging1 2010-12-08 12:37:56 -0600 Report

I go back to the doc next Monday to tackle some more issues I've been having and that is one of them. Hopefully we can figure something out. I nod off all day…shoot, I get home, sit on the couch, my cat plops down in my lap and I'm out within 5 mins. I go to bed and every couple of hours Jimmy's waking me up. Maybe I should sleep on the couch with the cat! lol

QueenJeanne 2010-12-08 09:13:10 -0600 Report

Eversinging1, you have sleep apnea and should have your doctor have you tested at a sleep clinic so you and your husband can get some restful sleep. My Big Brother has diabetes and has sleep apnea, went to the sleep clinic, got a device and now he sleeps very well at night. The device he has gives him oxygen all night long and he does not snore anymore. I know some of you wonder how I know all this information. My family is a family that believes in science and we try to do everything we can to help one another when it comes to our health situations, therefore, everything is discussed, researched and discussed again to get a full understanding of what is going on with our bodies and with the diseases we have gotten from our mother and father. Just trying to help others in the same situations.

jayabee52 2010-12-07 21:39:13 -0600 Report

You might want to have your Dr put you on a sleep study machine Nancy. That's how i got my Dx of "mild to moderate" Sleep apnea. From the sound of it, yours may be more severe, and a c-pap or bi-pap machine might be good for you.

jayabee52 2010-12-07 18:37:58 -0600 Report

Yep I'm told I have mild to moderate apnea. So did my bride. I used to kid her about the buzz saw running in our bedroom.

smiley02 2010-12-08 13:07:10 -0600 Report

I am new on here and is very interested in these discussions. I was diagnosed with low oxygen in my blood, not sleep apnea. Having a hard time wearing the hose in the nostrils. I have COPD AND ASHTHMA, (never smoked in my life, but parents did. My husband has to go on c-pap next week. He doesnt have the diabetes though. Is this common?

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-12-08 13:18:17 -0600 Report

Sleep apena runs in my family. A lot of people without other problems have sleep apena.
I also have COPD and the machine has helped for that problem also.

smiley02 2010-12-08 13:40:50 -0600 Report

Thanks Jeanie! it doesnt run in our family though, but smoking did from my parents that's why I got COPD(NEVER SMOKED IN MY LIFE, 2nd hand smoke). The diabetes my dad just was diagnosed but he is 82 and his runs low. Mine runs really high(mid 200's to 400's). Then put on oxygen for 8 hrs everynite & they tell me I will have to wear it forever now. I guess all of this upsets me, I was diagnosed 1 1/2 yrs ago with diabetes but just on Metformin, then in Oct of this year, I was put on oxygen the following week. Then on insulins but cant seem to get them under control, Its the 3rd doc. I've seen for this and I am going to a clinic in Nashville, TN that specializes in Diabetes. It must take a long time to regulate. Can I ask this group, does pain contribute to diabetes. I have been in pain for over 2 yrs since a surgery for 2 stomach hernias. Now they tell me they cant do anything for that but I've been hurting ever since then within 6 months this Diabetes and everything else happened. Everything went haywire on me. Is that normal????

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-12-08 16:09:47 -0600 Report

Probably is the best answer I can give you. It's weird that diabetes affects everyone differently. I'm in a lot of pain all over right now, but not sure what it is yet. There is a site connected to this one called COPD connect. You should check it out. HUGS

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