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The Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Connection

BOSTON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Almost 26 million children and adults in the USA have diabetes and 79 million have pre-diabetes.  On October 7, 2013, Tom Hanks revealed that he has type 2 diabetes on the Late Show with David Letterman.  Hanks, 57, says he has been battling high blood sugar numbers since he was in his mid-thirties.


"There's no question that the growth of diabetes both in the United States and around the world is at epidemic proportions," says Robert Ratner, the chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association. He's an endocrinologist and diabetologist.

Our culture promotes a lifestyle that is sedentary and is high in calories which has come back to attack our bodies when it comes to diabetes.  So what is the connection between diabetes and sleep apnea

According to the World Health Organization approximately 100 million people worldwide have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or sleep apnea. We know from some work that's been done there is less insulin sensitivity in obstructive sleep apnea patients, compared to normal patients. So those with mild/moderate and severe sleep apnea showed 27, 37, and 48% reductions in insulin sensitivity and this is separate from age, sex, or how overweight they are. A higher prevalence of prediabetes and incident diabetes in patients with obstructive sleep apnea was shown in this cross sectional analysis of over 2,500 non-diabetic patients.

The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in type 2 diabetics from some studies that have been done suggests that 17 million of the estimated 24 million diabetic people in the US will have some level of OSA.  Keeping the body healthy and well-supported during sleep and through treatment of diabetes is essential to day-to-day living of those that suffer with either OSA, diabetes, or both. 

Treating sleep apnea is already crucial but even especially with those who both have diabetes and sleep apnea. The most common treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is an assisted breathing machine that keeps airways open while someone is asleep. Keeping the body from going into apneas helps in many ways, but in particular with diabetics helps with maintaining blood sugar levels.

A CPAP machine, which should be cleaned daily, is often neglected either resulting in someone not using their CPAP machine or possibly contracting an illness from a germ-ridden environment.

In comes Better Rest Solutions' second generation CPAP cleaning and sanitizing machine—the SoClean® 2.  The SoClean 2 is an automatic, CPAP sanitizing machine that uses safe, natural, activated oxygen (ozone) to thoroughly sanitize the entire CPAP system by destroying 99.9% of mold, bacteria, and viruses it comes in contact with—without chemicals or water. 

"We are proud to announce the launch of our next generation SoClean 2.  It has been a year in the making and we are happy to offer this product to the millions of CPAP users that need to stay healthy," said Mike Schmidt, President of BRS. "We are dedicated to help spread awareness of sleep apnea as well as diabetes and to encourage CPAP users to maintain clean and sanitized CPAP equipment to help keep them healthier and living longer as well."

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About Better Rest Solutions:

Better Rest Solutions was founded in July of 2011 in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, with the goal of improving the health and quality of life for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep disorders.

Its founder Michael Schmidt and SoClean creator Tim Leyva, both having intimate experience with sleep apnea, recognized the challenges faced by CPAP users. They were also aware that failure to keep CPAP equipment properly clean can lead to lack of compliance to CPAP therapy and have negative health consequences.

With so many suffering from OSA and many more being diagnosed every day, Better Rest Solutions remains committed to meeting their ever-growing needs. This commitment has led to the development of the SoClean 2. The SoClean is an innovation that offers many important benefits. Besides the health benefits connected with using germ-free equipment, there's the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your CPAP equipment is as safe as can be.

*Reference: HHS, IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, January 2011, updated February 2013

Media Contact: Michael Schmidt, Better Rest Solutions, 866-501-3705,

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