Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had Improved Glucose Levels when using a CPAP

Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had Improved Glucose Levels when using a CPAP

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[Best Syndication News] A recent study found that patients who had Type 2 Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnea benefited using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help keep blood glucose levels down while they slept at night. The study was first reported in the December 15th issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

The researchers suggest that patients with type 2 diabetes should get screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as another method to potential address hyperglycemia, which is commonly referred to as high blood glucose levels.

In type 2 diabetic patients and OSA patients both have a similar problem of obesity. The results of their investigation found that with 20 individuals with type 2 diabetes that were diagnosed with OSA they measeured a reduction of nocturnal hyperglycemia when using the CPAP treatment over a 41 day period of treatment. They saw an average of 20 mg/dl of glucose level reduction after they used the equipment over those 41 days.

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In the study they selected 20 patients that had type 2 diabetes that were already on a regime and they were newly diagnosed with severe OSA. None of the participants in the study had used CPAP to treat OSA in the past.

The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort and the Sleep Heart Health Study estimate that OSA and type 2 diabetes is around 15 percent of those with OSA. There is around 50% of the people that have OSA that have increased insulin resistance because of impaired carbohydrate metabolism or they have type 2 diabetes.

The researchers believe that it would be wise to undergo a sleep study to determine if you have OSA if you have type 2 diabetes. The benefits of lowering blood glucose levels are important because high levels cause damage to blood vessels and can contribute to blindness, and heart complications.

By: Nicole Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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