Sleep Apnea May Be Associated with Diabetes

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Sleep apnea is a very common health problem where people have sleep interrupted with periods of snoring and erratic breathing. We have known for quite some time that sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure. Now, a new study from Dublin, Ireland, has made the association between sleep apnea and diabetes. The study looked at 8,000 people and found an association. One of the most important points is if you’re someone who has sleep apnea, or suspects that you might, it is worth getting a complete physical and clearly be evaluated for diabetes.

 

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Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep

It was designed to be a national meeting of sleep experts with a focus on a wide variety of sleep issues that affect patients. Normally, these meetings focus on issues like sleep apnea and restless leg, but as the doctors talked to one another it became quite apparent that the major sleep problem in our country today is people just don’t get enough sleep. The pace of life gets faster and faster and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day. In fact, as things get more hectic, sleep tends to get short shrift. People view it as a waste of time. We have to tell people the importance of sleep and let them know it’s critical.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Affect Driving Ability

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Affect Driving Ability

People with untreated sleep apnea may be less alert behind the wheel and this could make them more vulnerable to the effects of sleep loss and alcohol than healthy drivers. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the tissues at the back of the throat temporarily collapse during sleep. This leads to repeated stops and starts in breathing during the night. The result of this is poor quality sleep which can, in turn, lead to daytime drowsiness. It’s estimated that traffic accidents related to obstructive sleep apnea cause 1,400 fatalities in the U.S. each year. In a study of 58 people on a virtual driving course, the drivers with sleep apnea had more trouble staying in their driving lane and were more likely to crash than their healthy counterparts. The same was true when they took a modest amount of alcohol; just enough to raise the blood alcohol level to 0.05, which is just below the legal limit.

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