Study Sheds Light On CPAP And Glycemic Control For Diabetics

People with both type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) might not experience improved glycemic control when using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), according to new findings published by the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

While previous studies have found a link between OSA and the advancement and progression of type 2 diabetes, researchers are now reporting different findings.

"Determining if treating OSA could have benefits for glucose control requires intervention studies,” said Jonathan Shaw, lead author of the study. “Some uncontrolled studies had reported improved glucose control after starting CPAP, but some small controlled trials did not support this."

Importance of OSA identification

Although CPAP did not improve glycemic control for patients with obstructive sleep apnea in the study, researchers noted the importance of identifying OSA in patients with type 2 diabetes.

"OSA is common in people with type 2 diabetes, and although we did not find a glycemic benefit for its treatment, clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for its presence when patients experience daytime sleepiness, snoring and resistant hypertension," said Dr. Shaw. "Identification and treatment of OSA in these patients may lead to clinically meaningful benefits."

Source: Newswise

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