Diabetes and Sleep Apnea


of Sleep Apnea Patients
remain Undiagnosed

Are your patients at risk?

OSA is the most common form of breathing sleep disorder.

Caused by an obstruction to the upper airway during sleep as a result of several factors:

  • Inherent physical characteristics
  • Excess weight
  • Alcohol consumption before sleep

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

  • 72% of diabetes patients have either OSA or insomnia.
  • Up to 40% of patients who currently have OSA have diabetes.
  • One study found 86% of obese patients with type 2 diabetes also had OSA.
  • Obesity around the abdomen/middle (apple shape) is a common risk factor for type 2 diabetes and OSA.
  • Snoring is independently associated with a doubled risk of developing diabetes after a 10 year period.

OSA and Metabolic Function

  • Several studies have shown a link between OSA and insulin resistance/glucose intolerance even when controlling for obesity.
  • Other studies have found a correlation between the severity of hypoxia (too little oxygen due to apneas) and the degree of insulin resistance.
  • Sleep deprivation studies have shown an increase in glucose intolerance in healthy subjects.

Why the link between Diabetes and OSA?

  • Drops in oxygen
  • Inflammation of body tissues and cells
  • Reduced sleep time/diminished sleep quality

Three Overlapping Conditions 9

All of these diseases can exacerbate one another and contribute to higher overall mortality.

Detailed references available upon request.


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Helping your patients sleep better

  • If your patients report sleep complains, assess for obstructive sleep apnea (STOP-Bang) or other sleep disorders
  • Explain that sleep in combination with moderate physical activity may promote remission and help prevent relapse
  • Keep CSCC brochures and forms in your office to help foster awareness of sleep disorders in your patients
  • If your patient screens positive for OSA and has a supportive clinical history, please refer them to Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for an evaluation

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  • Pre-certification services of your patient’s insurance provided by our billing specialists
  • Collaborative partnership and multidisciplinary approach with our referring providers and their patients
  • An individualized, tailored treatment plan for the entire spectrum of sleep health management
  • Full service sleep health practice providing DME, including our onsite team of dentists for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea by oral appliance therapy. Insurance billed directly on the behalf of your patient
  • Ongoing patient education, long term support and compliance monitoring of CPAP therapy to enhance patient outcomes
  • Home Sleep study program available
  • Quick turnaround on results and updated follow up notes provided