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