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How can sleep apnea lead to type 2 diabetes?

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to type 2 diabetes. In OSA, your breathing briefly stops while you sleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night. To start breathing again you have to partly wake up, so you don't get a good night's rest. You also don't get enough oxygen. That can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

From: Sleep and Type 2 Diabetes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Metabolismjournal.com: “Sleep influences on obesity, insulin resistance, and risk of type 2 diabetes.”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Link between a Lack of Sleep and Type 2 Diabetes.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Scientists Discover How Gene Mutation Reduces the Need for Sleep.”

Neurology Reviews: “Short Sleep Duration Increases the Risk of All-Cause Mortality.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Study Finds Molecular Link Between Insufficient Sleep and Insulin Resistance.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Metabolismjournal.com: “Sleep influences on obesity, insulin resistance, and risk of type 2 diabetes.”

National Sleep Foundation: “The Link between a Lack of Sleep and Type 2 Diabetes.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Scientists Discover How Gene Mutation Reduces the Need for Sleep.”

Neurology Reviews: “Short Sleep Duration Increases the Risk of All-Cause Mortality.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Study Finds Molecular Link Between Insufficient Sleep and Insulin Resistance.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

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