Who knew that diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could be related? People who have both do, and are probably the most compliant with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy because they know its benefit to both conditions.
Consider this: Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. Meanwhile, sleep-disordered breathing often remains undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. A correlation between both conditions is not surprising, as today's research confirms.
It's the time of year when concerns about depression begin to crop up. Did you know that there have been some important findings about relationships between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and depression in the last few years?
Recent studies suggest that doctors may need to reconsider how they screen patients with depressive symptoms because these patients might also be struggling with undiagnosed OSA.
It is estimated that approximately 20 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from sleep apnea, and of those 20 million, only about 20% of them will seek treatment. Furthermore, only about half of all people diagnosed with sleep apnea and are given continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, will continue to treat their disorder.