Have you been struggling to control your blood sugars? It might be time to consider a sleep test.
A recent recommendation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine tells us that people who have type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension could see improvement in their health by addressing the possibility that they also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
It is often found that people with type 2 diabetes also have OSA. In fact, a majority of those with type 2 may suffer from this sleep disorder. There is a large amount of evidence pointing to the fact that people who deal with OSA are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes; and conversely, those with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of having sleep apnea.
Dr. Michael J. Breus says, in this article at the Huffington Post, “Those with undiagnosed sleep apnea are at particular risk for complications of diabetes and hypertension.”
So not only are we at risk of having OSA, but we are at risk of developing complications from our diabetes if we do nothing about it. Great, huh?
There is good news, however. “Research shows that effectively treating OSA can lead to improvements in hypertension and Type 2 diabetes,” according to the article. Patients who use a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) saw improvement in their overall glucose control with a decrease in their morning fasting numbers in just one week!
Dr. Breus recommends that people with type 2 diabetes be tested for sleep apnea by a physician who is board certified in sleep disorders.