Type 2 Diabetes and CPAP

We all know that there are numerous health risks associated with lack of sleep and sleep apnea.  But did you know that a timely article from Diabeties.co.uk highlights a study undertaken by researchers at Autonoma University of Madrid showing that patients with obstructive sleep apnea and poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes who are treated with CPAP could experience improved blood glucose levels.

Man wearing CPAP mask

People with type 2 diabetes who use CPAP machines may see some benefits

During the six-month study, patients either received CPAP or no treatment, and their usual type 2 diabetes medication remained unchanged. At the conclusion, the CPAP group had statistically significant decreases in HbA1c levels and insulin resistance. They also had lower levels of IL-1beta and IL-6, and higher levels of the hormone adiponectin, an important glucose regulator.

We think this study could be of relevance to readers of our blog because CPAP is commonly used to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea, and people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer from this condition.

To read the full article and see more information on the results of the study, please click here.

If you or someone you know is in need of a better night’s sleep, contact us for a no obligation consultation. We are the sleep specialists at Chevy Chase ENT located in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. metro area dealing with sleep apnea and sleep-related problems.  We can help diagnose your condition, recommend whether a sleep study would be beneficial, and offer you a variety of treatment options including CPAPRadio Frequency Ablation (RFA) and more.