Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two sneaky diseases, Diabetes and Sleep apnea

                       Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 Who is at risk of having sleep apnea ?

* Almost everyone regardless of age however it is more common as we mature and get thicker.
*  It is estimated that  2% of women and 4% of men over the age of 50 have sleep apnea
*  Loud snorers , 17% of men and15% of women have obstructive sleep apnea
* Adolescents with high blood pressure are at risk of sleep apnea
* 30 % of adults with hypertension may have sleep apnea
* two thirds of people with difficult to control blood pressure had sleep apnea in one study
* Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with a 2.7 fold increased risk of having diabetes
* anyone ignoring the vague symptoms listed below

What are the symptoms ?
The symptoms are often considered  as normal every day problems that we all deal with from time to time in our lives.

The symptoms and findings may or may not include;

Snoring , snoring and lapses in breathing noticed by a spouse , large neck , daytime sleepiness,  fatigue , nasal congestion , morning cough , high blood pressure , having the metabolic syndrome or diabetes , spells of nausea ,sweating and light headedness, sweating at night , unrefreshing sleep , impaired concentration , personality changes and more.

              Making a diagnosis of sleep apnea is easy,

 Not thinking of Sleep Apnea as a possible  correctable cause for our symptoms is the difficult part.

Diagnosis and treatment tomorrow
 Have fun , be smart and defeat diabetes.   
 David Calder,MD

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