Study shows link between OSA, diabetes
NEW YORK – A new study of more than 8,500 patients in Canada has demonstrated a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the development of diabetes, the American Thoracic Society announced June 6. The study included 8,678 adults with suspected OSA without diabetes at baseline who underwent a diagnostic sleep study between 1994-2010. These adults were monitored through May 2011 using health administrative data to examine the occurrence of diabetes. During follow up, 1,017 (11.7%) patients developed diabetes. The American Thoracic Society published the results of the study online and in its American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.