The cost of diabetes in this country will rise to more than $200 billion per year. That point makes it more important than ever that medical professionals include asking questions about sleep while making their diagnosis, since it has now been shown that 58% of diabetics have some form of sleep disordered breathing.

At the same time, 40% of all obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients have diabetes.

In  patients who have both, the most commonly prescribed treatment for OSA, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can help in the more effective management of diabetes, thereby reducing hospitalizations and healthcare costs related to diabetes.

If you or someone in your family has diabetes, snores at night and feels exhausted during the day, ask your physician about sleep apnea.  It’s too important to ignore.

Steve Gardner

Sleep Wellness Institute