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Sleep Disorders

19 June 2012

Sleep apnoea tied to nerve damage in diabetics

Obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with nerve damage in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

The study of 234 adults with type 2 diabetes found that sleep apnoea was independently associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy even after the researchers accounted for a number of other possible factors, including obesity, ethnicity, gender, age at diabetes diagnosis, and the length of time a person had diabetes.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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