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    What is the relationship between diabetes and sleep apnea?

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    Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

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    Sleep Apnoea is more commonly associated with Type 2 Diabetes. Both of these conditions tend to occur in overweight individuals which may explain partly why they are associated. You may find the link below helpful:

    http://www.idf.org/sleep-apnoea-and-type-2-diabetes

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    Natalie Wischer

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Sleep apnea and diabetes sadly do go hand in hand and some studies show that there may be an association up to 60%! 

    Therefore it is really important to get tested if you have any signs that you are not sleeping deeply and well. 

    Did you also know that a lack of sleep can raise your blood glucose levels and this can lead to other significant health problems. It can also lead to irratibility, car accidents, depression, high blood pressure and reduced productivity. It can also impact on your relationships. 

    So if you are tired, fall asleep at the drop of a hat whilst watching TV, but struggle to stay asleep all night and wake feeling tired - get help. Ask your GP for a referral to a sleep clinic. This may lead to a whole lot of health benefits  you never thought possible. 

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