With age and changing lifestyle habits, one becomes more prone to mild and chronic sleep disorders. And one of the most common and potentially serious disorders in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts is sleep apnea. Some of the most palpable symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. According to experts, when left untreated, sleep apnea can result in more serious health problems. As such, is there a link between sleep apnea and diabetes, too? Experts agree!
Explaining the same, Dr Samith A Shetty, Consultant Diabetologist, Sparsh Hospital, said, “Diabetes and sleep apnea have some common risk factors, and one of them is obesity. Obesity, in turn, causes and worsens insulin resistance — a predominant reason why people get diabetes.” He elucidated that if “a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, obesity is usually one of the causes, which is also a risk factor for diabetes”.
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