Snoring And Apnoea Blog

Sleep Quality Linked To Diabetes

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2011

Research by Philadelphia's Children's Hospital has found a clear link between sleep quality and blood sugar levels, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Diabetes Care. 

The researchers studied 62 obese adolescents with a mean age of 14 years.  Over a period of one and a half days, the children underwent glucose testing and an overnight sleep study. In addition to measuring total sleep time, the scientists studied "sleep architecture," analysing the different stages of sleep such as slow-wave 'deep' sleep and rapid eye movement ('REM' or dream) sleep.

The study found obese teenagers who don't get the proper amount of sleep may have disruptions in insulin secretion and blood sugar (glucose) levels. In particular, a lower duration of "deep" sleep correlated with decreased insulin secretion.  The study suggests that getting a good night's sleep may help to stave off the development of type 2 diabetes in these adolescents. 

Tags: Sleep studies, sleep study, type 2 diabetes, diabetes

Diabetes 'Epidemic' Is Grossly Over Rated. (Apnoea Gets Ignored!)

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2011

Diabetes Is NOT The Problem.  SLEEP APNOEA Is!! 

We are constantly being told about the ‘diabetes epidemic’ and how diabetes is the single most serious health problem for the developed world.  As a result, huge public and private investments are being made in prevention, treatment and hopefully cure.

But here’s a question:  How come the same investments aren’t being made in dealing with sleep apnoea?

After all, diabetes affects only around 2.8% of the population … whereas even the most conservative estimates find sleep apnoea is affecting almost 5% of the population.  (We believe the true prevalence of apnoea is actually much higher.) 

Given that sleep apnoea is a proven CAUSE of diabetes, you’d think apnoea would get serious attention as a possible part of the solution. 

By rights, it could be argued that the treatment of sleep apnoea should get more attention and funding than type 2 diabetes ... because of the clear links between it and other serious consequences and co-morbidities, including hypertension, gastro oesophageal reflux disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction.  Factor in the further issues of quality of life and safety and it becomes obvious that sleep apnoea truly is a major health issue.  

What do YOU think?  Sleep apnoea or diabetes?  Which should our medical institutions and researchers be focusing on?  Please leave a comment.

Tags: apnoea, diabetes

Diabetes Epidemic Is 'Over Rated'

Posted on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

We are constantly being told about the ‘diabetes epidemic’ and how diabetes is the single most serious health problem for the developed world.  As a result, huge public and private investments are being made in prevention, treatment and hopefully cure.

But here’s a question:  How come the same investments aren’t being made in dealing with sleep disordered breathing? 

After all, diabetes affects only around 2.8% of the population … whereas sleep apnoea is estimated to affect almost 8% of the population, and around 30% of the adult population have some form of serious sleep disordered breathing condition.  Given that sleep disordered breathing is a proven CAUSE of type 2 diabetes, you’d think SDB would get serious attention as a possible part of the solution.

At the very least, treatment of sleep disordered breathing can help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so it should at least get equal attention.

It could even be argued that SDB should get more attention than diabetes because of the clear links between SDB and other serious consequences and co-morbidities, including hypertension, gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, loss of libido and impotence.  Factor in the further issues of quality of life and safety and SDB truly is a major health issue. 

What do YOU think?

Tags: sleep disordered breathing, SDB, apnoea, type 2 diabetes, diabetes

Snoring & Diabetes Will Bankrupt Australia

Posted on Wed, Dec 29, 2010

According to a report on Channel 7 News, doctors have warned that one in three Australians are facing serious health problems because of snoring.

Experts have been told the risks include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and now, diabetes. The news report said:

"Norm Mareko used to fall asleep during the day, unexpectedly, even behind the wheel, and was recently diagnosed with sleep apnoea.

“I didn’t realise I had this condition until i had a car accident,” he said.

“I stopped breathing 36 times in one hour.”

Sleep apnoea has already been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and now diabetes has been added to the list.

“People have known about snoring and laughed about it for centuries. In fact that is one of the impediments to us getting people to realise this is a serious condition,” said sleep disorders expert Professor Colin Sullivan.

The problem is sleep disorders have been so overlooked and many doctors dismiss snoring as a potentially serious health issue. However one in three Australians could end up needing hospital treatment if they leave their snoring unchecked.

And the experts are concerned about the broader consequences.

Professor Paul Zimmet from the International Diabetes Institute said: “The health bill of Australia will go up and up and up and type 2 diabetes and obesity and sleep disturbances will bankrupt the economy.”

Tags: snoring, diabetes, obesity