CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea Can Lower Diabetes Risk

cpap diabetesA new study published to the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has indicated that treating sleep apnea can reduce the risk of diabetes. In the study, researchers discovered the people who have pre-diabetes can benefit from using a sleep-apnea device during sleep. The results indicated that those who use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask at night for sleep apnea can lower the risk of diabetes.

 

The study indicated that the risk was lowered when the person received a full night’s sleep, which is considered to be 8 hours. However, researchers are concerned that this number of hours of sleep can be difficult for patients to achieve in real-life while using a CPAP mask.

 

More than 57 million Americans are currently estimated to have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes not only increases the risk of cardiovascular disease but also can cause serious damage to the eyes resulting in blindness. The researchers also recommend that patients at high-risk of diabetes be assessed for sleep apnea since the study findings demonstrated that CPAP therapy can provide great benefits.

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