Type 2 Diabetes – Difficulty Breathing During Sleep Linked With Heart and Blood Vessel Disease

A study reported on in the journal Sleep Medicine in May 2018 has linked difficult breathing during sleep with heart and blood vessel disease in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at University Medical Center Regensburg in Germany found those with Type 2 diabetes who had difficulty with their breathing while asleep had significantly more heart and blood vessel disease than those whose breathing was untroubled.

The researchers looked at 679 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetic and found that 228, or 34 percent, had some difficulty with their breathing while asleep. Among the 228 there was significantly more heart and blood vessel disease than there was among those without breathing problems …

  • peripheral artery disease – 7 versus 2 percent
  • coronary artery disease – 27 versus 18 percent
  • stroke – 11 versus 6 percent.

Peripheral artery disease is blocked arteries in the arms or legs. It can signal blockage throughout the body, and it typically causes pain with walking. Signs and symptoms include …

  • cramping pain in the legs with walking or stair climbing,
  • numbness and weakness in the legs,
  • cold legs or feet,
  • sores that do not heal on the feet and legs,
  • a color change in the skin of the legs,
  • the loss of hair on the feet and legs,
  • a slow down in the growth of toenails,
  • shiny leg skin,
  • a weak or no pulse in legs and feet, and
  • erectile dysfunction.

Coronary artery disease is blocked arteries that feed blood to the heart muscle. Usually, this can cause chest pain that can go through the arms, especially the left arm, or through to the back. The pain is described as a heaviness in the chest. And the heart can be damaged from the lack of oxygen.

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Stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, can be caused by blockage or bleeding from the brain's arteries. Blockage or bleeding can cause a variety of signs and symptoms …

  • slurred speech,
  • weakness on one side of the body,
  • confusion or loss of consciousness,
  • a severe headache,
  • loss of vision,
  • difficulty understanding speech,
  • difficulty walking,
  • loss of coordination, and / or
  • dizziness.

Difficulty breathing during sleep can cause …

  • sleepiness during the day,
  • headaches,
  • waking up following sleep feeling unrefreshed,
  • snoring,
  • experiencing brief periods of not breathing, and / or
  • irritability throughout the day

A diagnosis is made with a sleep study, in which the participant sleeps overnight in a lab while being monitored. The condition is treated with continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP in which a machine blows air into the participant's airways by way of a mask.

Medical care is a partnership, you and your doctor need to work together to keep you healthy and best meet your needs.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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