Diabetic Kidney Disease May Get Worse with Untreated Sleep Apnea

“Why are my blood sugars high in the morning? I don’t eat much at bedtime either,” my patients have often complained. Well, when you stop breathing repeatedly at night, your stress hormones go through the roof, and that causes your blood sugars to be high. These elevations in blood sugars can cause numerous long-term complications.

Now, a metanalysis published in the February 2016 issue if Journal Sleep indicates that diabetic kidney disease may get worse with untreated sleep apnea.

The researchers looked at two longitudinal, ten cross-sectional studies and seven studies for meta-analysis. Studies demonstrated significant associations between OSA and DKD in type 2 diabetes mellitus. This was confirmed by meta-analysis.

This gives you one more reason to get diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea. If you already are on CPAP, wear it every night, even when traveling.