November is National Diabetes Month!
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states that diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Diabetes, unfortunately, has no cure, but you can take steps to manage your diabetes and live a happy and healthy life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are different types of Diabetes:
- Type 1 – The body does not make insulin, so insulin must be taken every day.
- Type 2 – The body does not make or use insulin well, so diabetes medication is taken to compensate.
- Gestational – Develops in some women when they’re pregnant and usually goes away after the baby is born.
Managing Your Sleep Apnea
You must stay on top of managing your Sleep Apnea, especially when you have Diabetes. The Cleveland Clinic discusses in one of their articles that Sleep Apnea can make it more challenging to manage your Diabetes. When your breathing pauses while you sleep, there is an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood. This increase in CO2 can lead to insulin resistance, which can cause more sugar in the blood stream, chronic high blood pressure, early morning headaches, etc. – all of which can be dangerous when dealing with Diabetes.
The same goes for the effect of Diabetes on Sleep Apnea. If you don’t control your diabetes (have poor glucose control), it can increase the severity of your Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Since the two conditions feed off of each other, it can create a downward spiral. If you are someone with Diabetes and think you may be suffering from the signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea, make sure to talk to your doctor about it right away.
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