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How Sleep Apnea Exacerbates Diabetes and Other Conditions

Did you know that diabetes and sleep apnea can go together? According to the CDC: “more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.” And as many as 86% of diabetics have obstructive sleep apnea. So they form a perilous pair that amplify one another. 

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes: A Perilous Pair 

Sleep apnea causes difficulty breathing at night, which agitates the body and raises blood glucose levels. Lack of energy due to difficulty sleeping results in tiredness throughout the day and reduces one’s inclination to do activities that can decrease blood sugar level. This tiredness and sleepiness can make one stress-eat to stay awake or drink beverages with high amounts of sugar. In turn, this increases one’s risk for obesity, which comes with its own pile of complications that also relate to sleep apnea and diabetes. 

Sleep apnea compounds diabetes’ effects, raising blood sugar levels and viscosity, which causes circulation problems and depletes one’s energy even more. Impaired circulation also adversely affects wound healing and the immune system. 

When sleep apnea’s effects are added in, it only gets worse. This is why it is important to get screened for sleep apnea and, if it is present, receive treatment in order to finally attain proper rest. The body needs to heal and recover in order for the immune system to work right. 

Sleep Apnea Checkup at Parrish Orthodontics

More than 12 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. If you feel drowsy all day, tend to snore loudly or wake up breathless at night, you might be affected by this condition. Consider getting a sleep apnea checkup at Parrish Orthodontics. 

The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice:

– Insomnia or difficulty sleeping

– Loud snoring at night

– Waking up at night short of breath

– Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)

– Headaches upon waking in the morning

– Falling asleep unintentionally during the day

– Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

Sleep apnea can affect your wake-sleep cycle, this results in a constant drowsy feeling during the day which will prevent you from being in an optimal state of mind and physical wellbeing.

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem and if left untreated it can also lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. At Parrish Orthodontics, we also check for sleep apnea. So take the first step towards regaining restful sleep and improving your overall health!


For a sleep apnea checkup at Parrish Orthodontic, reach out to schedule a consultation with us! We have clinics in Fort Wayne, Huntington, Churubusco, and Bluffton, Indiana; as well as Van Wert and Paulding, Ohio.