Is there a connection between type 1 diabetes and central sleep apnea?

Patty Bonsignore


There is no research to suggest that there is a connection between type 1diabetes and sleep apnea , but there is a connection between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common among people who are overweight -- and people who are overweight tend to have more type 2 diabetes. For this reason, people with sleep apnea, as a group, tend to have higher rates of type 2 diabetes than the general population. In addtion, sleep apnea increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, because if left untreated sleep apnea can cause an increase in stress hormones in the body. These stress hormones increase insulin resistance and insulin resistance can lead to diabetes. So, not only is sleep apnea more common among people with type 2 diabetes, it actually increases a person’s chance of developing the disease in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to diagnose and treat sleep apnea early.

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Grandmama16 2015-03-30 13:49:43 -0500 Report

I find it more stressful to use my CPAP than the sleep apnea in the first place. I use either Ambien or Xanax to help but am often up until 3AM. I also have Fibromyalgia and it or diabetes is causing numbness and tingling in hands and arms, plus itching in feet/ankles too. That's helped by Nuerontin. If I take a combo of all 3 drugs I get restless leg. Have to be careful. I take part of a Nuvigill to prevent sleepiness/fatigue during the day. My body is so mixed up. I'm a bit overweight but that's due more to not being as active anymore. Have had fibro for 20 years or so. I go to husbands Parkinson's exercise class and that helps but there's a break until May. Walking is difficult due to balance and then get intense pain in saddle area…even from shopping. Sigh

JRH III 2012-02-03 11:03:30 -0600 Report

Patty Bonsignore: Thank you for the information and background. I guess I was asking more of "if you are a Type I Diabetic, and Type I has possible nerve impact, is Central Sleep Apnea risk a higher occurance?" But I appreciate the summary which is good.