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    Is sleep apnea linked to diabetes?

    I'm concerned as i recently read that sleep apnea can increase the risk of diabetes. Is this true?
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  • Dr Maree Barnes

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Barnes has competed specialty training in sleep medicine and is currently working at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Barnes’ current research focuses are: … View Profile

    It is true that people who have diabetes are more likely to have sleep apnoea and that those with sleep apnoea have a greater risk of diabetes. Part of this is related to the fact that many people with both those diseases are overweight, but there does seem to be a contribution from having sleep apnoea that makes diabetes more likely. It is important to be a healthy weight and to see your doctor if you are concerned.

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