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Sleep Apnea Can Make Managing Your Diabetes More Difficult

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Sun 03/24/2024 - 09:00
Sleep Apnea in New Jersey

If you snore loudly, feel tired during the day, experience changes in mood, and find yourself waking up frequently throughout the night, sleep apnea could be the cause. If you also have diabetes, sleep apnea can make managing your condition a challenge. Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions are committed to helping patients understand the impact of sleep apnea on all aspects of their health. Continue below to learn more about the link between these two conditions.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a common medical condition that can affect patients of all ages. It occurs when the pancreas fails to produce adequate amounts of insulin, or if the body does not respond to insulin. This results in elevated blood sugar levels in the body. There are several types of diabetes, and most are chronic. However, diabetes can be properly managed with medications, lifestyle changes, or a combination of both.

The Relationship Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

When you have sleep apnea, you experience repeated interruptions in your breathing throughout the night. During these pauses, carbon dioxide in the blood increases, leading to a number of issues, such as:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Increase in blood sugar levels
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular issues, such as heart disease
  • Headaches, especially in the morning

How Sleep Apnea Impacts Diabetes Management

Managing diabetes usually requires individuals to regularly monitor their blood sugar levels, take medication as prescribed, consume a healthy diet, and engage in frequent exercise. When your blood sugar levels fluctuate due to the effects of sleep apnea, it can cause some individuals to feel ill. Additionally, the daytime sleepiness and mood swings associated with sleep apnea can lead to a lack of motivation to prepare nutritious meals or exercise, all of which can be detrimental to the management of diabetes. Diabetes complications may begin to occur, leading to serious health problems.

Tips for Managing Your Sleep Apnea

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, management begins with an evaluation. If you are diagnosed with the condition, experts can provide recommendations for treatment, such as customized mouthguards available at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions.

Sleep Apnea Treatment New Jersey

Our doctors understand that managing diabetes can be difficult, and the presence of a sleep disorder can further complicate things. However, patients can take proactive steps toward improving overall health by seeking treatments from compassionate, qualified providers, such as Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein. To learn more about treatment for your sleep apnea, contact our New Jersey location to schedule an appointment.