Sleep Apnea Worsens Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, there’s another condition that you should be aware of: sleep apnea, a disorder in which people experience pauses in their breathing throughout the night, possibly for one minute or more. In fact, according to a study published in 2013 in Family Medicine, people with type 2 diabetes can have a nearly 50-50 chance of being diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea increases blood sugar levels because of the stress associated with chronic sleep deprivation and abrupt awakenings in the night. When you get stressed, your body releases stress hormones that can do things like release stored glucose into your liver. Over time, the increase in blood sugar levels can contribute to insulin resistance

After a while, the cells just stop listening to the insulin.  This is called insulin resistant diabetes.

If you are spiking sugar all night long, your insulin loses its ability to put it back into your cells.  This causes the diabetes to worsen.

So, you have everyone telling you to lose weight, but you can’t and you put on more weight.  It’s because you have all that sugar in your blood and it’s not going to your cells.  This leaves you hungry and starving usually for carbohydrates.

You crave sugary things because you can’t get satisfied.

You then have other health issues.  You don’t heal as well.  You have neuropathy and vision issues like retinopathy.

The reason is that the cortisol spiking your blood sugar is also causing inflammation and is affecting your immune system.  So if you have sleep apnea it will aggravate the diabetes and accelerate the problems associated with diabetes

By getting the sleep apnea under control, it can help you manage your diabetes better and could even reduce the amount of diabetic medicine you are taking and improve your overall quality of life.

So diabetes and sleep apnea go hand in hand as one usually causes the other.

If you have diabetes and you are not sleeping well, then call our office today.  We will sit down and look at your situation and then chart a course of helping you sleep better and ultimately feel better.

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