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Sleep Apnea Victims Should Suspect Diabetes

Diabetes victims often suffer from another potentially dangerous condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.

If a person suffers from Type 2 diabetes, especially if they are overweight, and generally feel fatigued or sluggish a great deal of the time, it could possibly be the fault of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

In a recent test by Daniel Einhorn, MD, 279 people with Type 2 diabetes were tested for OSA at the Whittier Institute for Diabetes. He discovered that 36% of his patients had OSA. He also discovered that it was twice as likely for a male to have it than a female, especially those over 62 years of age.

In those with OSA, during sleep the upper airways narrow or collapse, which cuts off breathing. They may wake up hundreds of times during the night, just enough to start breathing again. In most cases, the sleeper will not recall the episodes of being partially awake, however, they will be fatigued during the day. 

Dr. Einhorn advises that those that have Type 2 diabetes should get themselves screened for OSA. It is estimated that up to 90% of those that have OSA have not been diagnosed with the affliction.

If you are disabled in North Carolina due to diabetes and you are not receiving Social Security Disability benefits, you should apply for benefits immediately. If a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, learn about North Carolina Social Security Disability benefits for diabetics.