Sleep Apnea Treatment, CPAP, Could Improve Blood Sugar Levels, Study Finds

Treating sleep apnea doesn't just minimize daytime fatigue and disrupted sleep -- it could also help blood sugar levels, according to a small new study.

The findings, presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society, show that sleep apnea treatment is linked with better blood sugar levels among people with prediabetes.

"We have studied patients with sleep apnea and prediabetes, a condition defined as higher than normal blood glucose levels but not high enough to be considered diabetes," study researcher Dr. Sushmita Pamidi, M.D., of the Department of Medicine at McGill University, said in a statement. "We found that optimal treatment of sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for two weeks led to significant improvements in glucose levels following an oral glucose challenge without affecting insulin secretion, suggesting an improvement in insulin sensitivity."
 

Source: 
The Huffington Post