A Higher Risk of Neuropathy with Diabetes from Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea DiabetesFor anyone that has sleep apnea, they are aware of just how uncomfortable it can be to get a good night sleep. However, OSA or obstructive sleep apnea has been linked with patients that have type 2 diabetes and causing a severe presence of neuropathy. Those with type 2 diabetes and or OSA are already at great risk for many other health complications. Many even sleep with aid of medical equipment in order to provide them with oxygen to help them sleep better. With the studies that have been done and their findings, researchers have shown further proof of the need to investigate deeper. The association of peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetes patients along with the severity of the problem seems to have a major significance. Because of the findings, they may have found that with a different type of treatment for OSA it could affect the possibility of a patient being diagnosed with neuropathy. In past studies, it has been found that OSA is related to other conditions that are related to type 2 diabetes and the association is strong enough to warrant further investigation. The study was  conducted as an overnight testing in the patients home.

The researchers had a portable device they took with them. A total of 234 people participated in the study. All of the patients had type 2 diabetes and it was a mix of Caucasian and South Asian people including both men and women. More men than women participated in the study, but the results ended up being statistically significant. It was found that 65% of the patients had some form of apnea whether it was mild or severe. However, the other 45% of the patients that participated were found to the results of apnea with neuropathy. These findings went even deeper to show that the patients, who had OSA or symptoms of it, were much older and of course overweight. The factors of age, sex and weight all have a deciding factor in the study that was done. There are also types of medications that each patient takes as well as the types that were given for the night of the study. OSA seems to have a higher possibility of neuropathy in patients that are older and overweight as opposed to their counterparts that are younger and seem to have a better control over their weight. Of course, it is possible to have apnea without having type 2 diabetes but, the link and association between the two are very closely related. Although you cannot say that a change in eating habits or lifestyle would be able to make a significant change, it is may however be possible for the older generation to have a fighting chance with different medications. For those that are still young and have not been diagnosed with apnea, it may be possible to avoid neuropathy with a proper diet and a little exercise. The best thing to do would be to speak with your physician.

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