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The Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Connection
Date:11/5/2013

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.

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"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 p
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