You can't diagnosis it if you don't think of it
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a contributor to :
* the development of Diabetes and hypertension
* to some of the management problems associated with diabetes and hypertension
( including hypoglycemia )
* To a variety of vague common every day symptoms discussed yesterday
The Diagnosis is easy and painless .
* Talk to your doctor about Sleep Apnea
* Ask for a consult to a sleep center and sleep specialist
Testing is easy and painless . No blood test involved.
* There is a simple unattended screening sleep study . This involves picking up a device that
measure pulse and oxygen saturation and a few other things at a sleep center.
This device is small and attaches to the tip of your ring finger You wear this all night
and return it to the sleep center the next morning. The results and recommendations on how to
proceed are reported to you in a few days.
Our 72 y/o patient , discussed a few days ago , had this test done. He slept 7 hours and had 99
episodes of oxygen desaturations with his oxygen (sp o2 levels) levels dropping down to
78%. ( normal is about 100 %). His study was reported as definitely abnormal and compatible
with having, Obstructive Sleep apnea. He was asked to return for a more complete study that
involved spending the night in the sleep center. The primary reason for this test was to
determine the pressure needed to overcome the obstruction to air flowing into his lungs.
CPAP was ordered and within 2 months his blood pressure was normal (<130/80 ) with no
medications, His nasal congestion and morning cough is gone and there is no snoring . His
wife is happier because she is now able to have a good nights sleep .
His A1c and lipid panel are pending.
More on CPAP and other treatments tomorrow.
Have fun , be smart and defeat Diabetes