January 23, 2013

Sleep Apnea has harmful Metabolic Effects


sleepThe time-honored good nights rest has become less likely as the demands of work and life have grown.

Sleep apnoea is one of the harmful side effects of missing-out on much needed sleep. Researchers conducted a study to evaluate the correlation between severity of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

The study evaluated 1185 patients with OSAS who underwent thorough overnight cardio-respiratory monitoring and a measurement of  daytime sleepiness referred to as (ESS). Their body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and blood tests were documented in the study, as well.

Participants were divided into 3 groups:  mild OSAS, moderate OSAS and severe OSAS.  In the samples collected, 29% suffered from mild OSAS, 31% suffered from moderate OSAS, and 40% suffered from severe OSAS.

In the mild group, 11% had high blood pressure, 4% had diabetes, and almost 3% had metabolic syndrome. In the moderate group, 13% had high blood pressure, over 5% had diabetes, and almost 4% had metabolic syndrome. In the severe  group, over 12% had high blood pressure, almost 12% had diabetes, and almost 8% had metabolic syndrome.

The diabetes statistics more than doubled between the moderate to severe OSAS groups. Looking as the metabolic syndrome criteria, that doubles, as well. It’s a measurable study that shows the poorer the quality of sleep, the more likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes.  Quite literally, don’t lose sleep over this fact. Be the shepherdrd and count some sheep.

Don’t become a statistic. Get a sleep study so you can pass the test with flying colors. Gain control of your metabolism and lose the chances of getting T2D.

Visit Your Diabetes Health for more resources about health.