The International Diabetes Federation reports on the close relationship between type 2 Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing, accounting for over 80% of cases.
Estimates suggest that up to 40% of people with OSA will have diabetes, but the incidence of new diabetes in people with OSA is not known.[i]
In people who have diabetes, the prevalence of OSA may be up to 23%[ii], and the prevalence of some form of sleep disordered breathing may be as high as 58%.[iii]
Overweight and obesity may play a role, but some recent studies show an association between the two conditions that is independent of overweight/ obesity.
OSA may have effects on glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.
OSA is associated with a range of cardiovascular complications such as hypertension, stroke and heart failure.
IDF calls on health decision makers to encourage further research into the links between the two conditions and urges healthcare professionals to adopt new clinical practices to ensure that a person with one condition is considered for the other.
More information about the relationship between diabetes and osa is available on the IDF website.