AASM: CPAP may also improve diabetes

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BALTIMORE – Citing a study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago, physicians at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) say CPAP treatment may also relieve symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, according to a press release. As a result, the group is urging diabetes patients to get evaluated for sleep apnea. “Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea from a board-certified sleep medicine physician will promote improvement in these conditions—including improved insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and cholesterol,” stated M. Safwan Badr, MD, president of AASM. The one-week study also found that CPAP treatment may have as much of a positive effect on glucose levels for diabetes patients as prescribed oral medications. “The dawn phenomenon, an early-morning increase in blood sugar in people who have Type 2 diabetes, was reduced by 45% as a result of CPAP therapy,” stated Esra Tasali, MD, lead author of the study, assistant professor of medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine.