Sleep Apnea Can Mean Bad News for Diabetics

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Do you suffer from diabetes? If you suffer from both diabetes and sleep apnea you may be inadvertently progressing faster into kidney disease. According to a new study, getting screened for sleep apnea can save you from the acceleration of kidney function. The study led by Dr. Roberto Pisoni set out to see if there was a connection between diabetes and kidney disease.

A study conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina found that patients with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are at a high risk for decreased kidney function. The lead researcher says, “This study shows that a high-risk score for obstructive sleep apnea is common in non-dialysis chronic kidney disease patients with diabetic nephropathy and is associated with more rapid loss of renal function.” As a patient with diabetes and kidney disease, getting screened for sleep apnea can prevent a fast progression of the disease.

It is not uncommon for people to be unaware they suffer from sleep apnea. If you notice you are experiencing symptoms that may be linked to sleep apnea, get checked by a sleep doctor to see if you have the condition. This sleep disorder can be life threatening and some of the most common symptoms you may experience include:

• Waking up with a sore throat • Snoring loudly, often this is discovered by a family member or spouse • Waking up with a gasp or choking • Decreased energy during the day • Forgetfulness and mood changes • Insomnia

The association found between diabetes and sleep apnea does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the two conditions. Overall, this study found that screening for sleep apnea can, at minimum, identify those at risk for an increase loss of kidney function.

If you believe you might have sleep apnea or suffer from type 2 diabetes and want to eliminate any health concerns, schedule an appointment with the physicians at FusionSleep. Contact them to discuss your concerns and schedule an immediate appointment.