Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are two conditions that are difficult to live with. And the worst part is that you can be a type 2 diabetic and have obstructive sleep apnea, both without knowing it.
If you have type 2 diabetes you are in a state of insulin resistance. There is no known cure for it. Diabetes and sleep apnea have this in common.
One third of men with type 2 diabetes also have sleep disturbance. In men over 60 years, the number is almost two thirds. Among women, the number is less, about half.
If you sneak at night and observe breathing and then gas for air or cough, it is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at work. There are several things that happen in the throat to cause the obstruction.
Relaxed neck muscles, a larger or longer uvula (the one who dangles on the back of the throat), a big tongue that falls into the throat as you sleep, this is a problem that is associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
Your condition may be mild, moderate or difficult based on these things as well as on fat deposits in the neck. The more fat you have stored around your stomach, the worse the sleep disturbance is likely to be.
Because you may have sleep apnea without knowing it, the problem will continue for years without treatment. That's why it's a quiet killer. Walking in seconds and even minutes without breathing at night puts stress on your heart.
High blood pressure that does not respond to medication, stroke and increased insulin resistance are some of the things that may happen. And insulin resistance is what links to diabetes and sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea events wake you over and over again, sometimes hundreds of times a night, and you do not need to sleep deep sleep. This is especially true if your condition is moderate to serious.
Sleepiness through the day at work and during driving has led to accidents at work and during driving. So to die in an accident and die at night because they did not wake up during an apnea event are two of the worst consequences of OSA.
Of the type 2 diabetics tested in a research study, 36% had OSA and did not know it. It's over a third. This means that all of these people may have had inexplicable fatigue, depression and impaired insulin sensitivity.
They probably blamed it on Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea was the real cause. The strange thing scientists have discovered is that it is more or less overweight does not affect your risk of sleep disturbance.
When type 1 diabetic children were tested for sleep apnea, one third of them were seen as well. And they had it no matter what they weighed. Type 1 diabetics suffer from complications of fatigue and depression from easier sleep as well as higher blood sugar, just like Type 2 diabetics do.
A doctor said that treatment of obstructive sleep apnea would do more for a diabetic than any other treatment to improve blood sugar levels. The reason? Treatment of OSA reduces insulin resistance and stress levels that cause blood sugar to rise and be difficult to control.
People treated successfully for OSA get better blood pressure control, better blood sugar readings, and fatigue and depression from lack of deep sleep are also gone. Treatment of diabetes and sleep apnea together helps both.