Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Pose Similar Heart Problems

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Pose Similar Heart Problems

A new study out of Romania with 60 participants indicates that people with diabetes have similar types of early heart damage as those with sleep apnea.

The results show that sleep apnea patients tend to have stiffer arteries compared to the arteries of healthy individuals. This same arterial stiffness commonly shows up in people who have diabetes. The concern, of course, is those stiffer arteries if left untreated can lead to heart problems later in life.

Those with diabetes must monitor their nutritional patterns and keep their weight down. Sleep apnea patients must be consistent in their use of their CPAP machines. Arterial stiffness is not a guaranteed outcome with either condition, but because it’s very possible, patients shouldn’t take chances.

Supporting the theory of medical professionals and health researchers, the Romanian study clearly states that individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than people without the condition.

However, the news is not all bad. This study, as well as all other research that speak to the health dangers of sleep apnea, specifically targets the implications of the disease when it is not being effectively treated. CPAP machines are currently the most effective and least invasive treatment available for sleep apnea.

The most significant health concern with sleep apnea is the relaxing of the throat muscles during sleep enough to seal off breathing. The result is less oxygen flow to the brain. There are no other inherent circumstances to the condition. Meaning, if sleep apnea is consistently treated by using a CPAP machine as part of their therapy, the chances of developing arterial stiffness are significantly reduced.

At The CPAP Shop, we're experts on how to select and optimize CPAP machines and CPAP masks for sleep apnea. We also understand that if CPAP therapy is consistent, sleep apnea patients will have a much better quality of life.

The two primary keys to effective CPAP therapy are a mask that fits properly and treatment compliance. This is why we encourage our customers to regularly test their masks’ seals. It's also crucial to never neglect using their machines and masks during sleep.

If you have any questions about CPAP machines and masks, please call our knowledgeable staff at (866) 414-9700. We would be happy to assist you in choosing products that best suit your needs.

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.