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Researchers find a link between sleep apnoea and diabetes

Last Update 06/04/2021

A large Canadian study has found that people with sleep apnoea are at a higher risk of diabetes.


A large Canadian study has found that people with sleep apnoea are at a higher risk of diabetes.

The research, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, involved over 8,500 people with suspected sleep apnoea who were tested for the condition between 1994 and 2010. At the time, they were either diagnosed as not having sleep apnoea, or were diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe forms of the condition.

Researchers followed up on the participants to see whether they had developed diabetes by examining their medical records.

They found that, in the time between their sleep apnoea test and the follow-up period, 11.7% of the people with suspected sleep apnoea had developed diabetes.

In addition, they discovered that people with severe sleep apnoea had a 30% higher risk of diabetes than those without the condition.

The researchers hope that these findings could lead to more of a focus on diabetes prevention in people with sleep apnoea.

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