Sleep Apnea Screening Encouraged For People With Hypertension, Diabetes

People with high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes should be screened for sleep apnea, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person stops breathing for periods during the night, leading to disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue. It's been linked with a host of health problems, including heart disease and depression. Testing for the condition involves undergoing overnight sleep monitoring by a board-certified sleep doctor.

"Type 2 diabetics and people with hypertension are much more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than other people, and as a result should immediately discuss their risk for sleep apnea with a sleep specialist," Dr. M. Safwan Badr, M.D., president of the AASM, said in a statement. "Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea from a board-certified sleep medicine physician will promote improvement in these conditions -- including improved insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and cholesterol."

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