Friday, September 14, 2012
Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to decreased insulin resistance.
This article describes research showing that children with obstructive sleep apnea have decreased sensitivity to insulin. Decreased sensitivity to insulin can be seen in diabetes. The researchers hypothesized that oxygen level decreases seen in obstructive sleep apnea could be responsible for the decreased sensitivity to insulin. Results of this study suggest that it is important to screen patients with diabetes or who are prediabetic for obstructive sleep apnea.