FusionHealth’s CMO Discusses the Link between Sleep and Diabetes on Healthy Explosion, a BlogTalkRadio Show

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Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD was recently the featured expert and co-host of Martina Desgouttes’ holistic health show Healthy Explosion on BlogTalkRadio. Dr. Durmer is Chief Medical Officer of FusionHealth®. During the December 15th show, Dr. Durmer was joined by Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks to discuss the growing threat of diabetes in American culture. Mr. Mattocks focused on how diet affects diabetes and Dr. Durmer explained the link between inadequate sleep and diabetes. Revealed during the show was the specific connection between Sleep Apnea—the most common Sleep Disorder—and Type II diabetes. As Dr. Durmer points out, Type II diabetes is caused by lifestyle choices including healthy sleep. Click below to listen to Dr. Durmer explain the body’s need for sleep and its role in combating diabetes and other chronic illnesses.  


Key Points About the Link Between Sleep and Diabetes from Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD

Sleep is as important to your health as diet and exercise.

Studies show that unhealthy sleep can cause:

  • Hypertension
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Snoring, twitching, and excessive amounts of movement are signs of a Sleep Disorder.

The following are measurements you can track for signs of diabetes:

  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Blood/Glucose Levels around 100 or less

95% of individuals with diabetes have Type II Diabetes, which is caused by lifestyle choices.

In 2008, the International Diabetes Federation determined that the link between Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep Apnea was so great that a Type II Diabetes patient’s workup should not be considered complete until he/she has a been screened for Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea and reduced sleeping duration can lead to changes in your body’s ability to handle blood glucose, resulting in insulin insensitivity and, potentially, Type II Diabetes.

Sleep Apnea creates a continued sensation of “fight or flight” responses during the night. The resulting surges of adrenaline and cortisol release glucose and produce conditions that can create multiple health issues.

Reggie White, a healthy 40-year-old football player, died of heart failure that was directly attributed to his untreated Sleep Apnea.


Click to the link below to listen to Dr. Durmer’s other BlogTalkRadio segments

FusionSleep’s Dr. Durmer Discusses the Dangers of Sleep Disorders on Healthy Explosion BlogTalkRadio

FusionSleep’s Dr. Durmer Discusses Sleep and Its Role on Healthy Explosion BlogTalkRadio