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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa

Conquering Sleep Apnea

August 7th, 2008 · No Comments

You can conquer sleep apnea. I know you can because I conquered a most severe form of it. And I’ve now even given away both of my continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which is the standard treatment for overweight people who have sleep apnea.

About half of all of us who have diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea. While not all of us who have diabetes suffer from it, everyone with sleep apnea suffers. People lose their jobs because they nod off to sleep at work rather than at night. People crash their cars because they fall asleep at the wheel. Even those who don’t get fired or have traffic accidents suffer by being sleepy much of the time.

My fear of killing myself and my passengers by nodding off during an afternoon drive was in fact what finally persuaded me to seek treatment. Four years ago, when I finally began to get my sleep apnea under control with a CPAP machine, I wrote my first article about it. That article, for Diabetes Wellness News, is now online.
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Testing Sleep Apnea at Home

March 30th, 2007 · No Comments

The biggest reason why I dragged my feet in getting treatment when I realized that I probably had sleep apnea was knowing that I would have to spend the night in a sleep lab. In the event, it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t any fun either. [Read more →]

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Successful Sleep Apnea Therapy

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments

If you have diabetes, it’s likely that you have sleep apnea too. Almost half of us have sleep apnea, and most of us don’t know it. [Read more →]

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Treating Sleep Apnea

January 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

In my most recent blog article here I highlighted several of the things that diabetes and sleep apnea have in common. There is one more similarity: when we have diabetes or sleep apnea – or both conditions – we have to become an advocate for our own treatment. [Read more →]

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The Sleep Apnea-Diabetes Connection

January 31st, 2007 · No Comments

People who have diabetes and those who have sleep apnea have several things in common. There’s no cure for either condition, but both can be controlled. [Read more →]

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