Researchers in China have looked into the relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea and type 2 diabetes.
Previous research has shown that people with obstructive sleep apnoea could have a higher chance of also developing type 2 diabetes.
This new study, published in the journal, Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, aimed to find out why people with both conditions also seem more likely to experience complications with their diabetes.
Scientists studied 880 people with type 2 diabetes from across China. Each participant was monitored overnight using equipment that tracked physical symptoms associated with sleep apnoea while they slept.
They found that the people who had low levels of oxygen in their blood at night (nocturnal hypoxaemia) – a key indicator of sleep apnoea – were more likely to also experience complications related to their diabetes.
However, further studies are needed to back up this finding before it can have an impact on the treatment of people with both conditions.
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