Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce insulin is impaired, resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. If you have diabetes, you have a 50-50 chance of having sleep apnea, according to a 2013 study published in Family Medicine. This is a problem because sleep apnea can exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes. Struggling for air during the night because of sleep apnea can release hormones that raise blood sugar levels.
Many physicians have been successful in improving diabetes symptoms by treating sleep apnea. If you have diabetes, make sure you get tested for sleep apnea.