Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes patients who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to Sophie D. West, M.D., the lead researcher in a study conducted at the Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Earlier research had shown that 23 percent of men with Type 2 Diabetes have OSA that was under-recognized and under-treated. The researchers in the new study analyzed data from 118 men who had participated in the earlier study and found that retinopathy was present in 54 percent of those who had OSA, as compared to only 31 percent of those without OSA.

Although more research is necessary, Dr. West suggests that doctors treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes consider whether the patients could have OSA and whether they should be referred for a sleep study.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you are suffering from sleep problems such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea, you need to consider this problem seriously and adopt specific measures at the earliest to get back your sleep. Regular exercising is one of the options to ensure sound sleep at night. Altogether, if you are unable to get adequate sleep during night, you can undertake certain initiatives to overcome your sleep problems such as fixing your sleeping as well as waking schedule and abstaining from alcohol, nicotine, tea, coffee et al before hitting the bed.