Obstructive sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes

Abd A. Tahrani*, Asad Ali

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the growing prevalence of obesity, the burden of type 2 diabetes is increasing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common medical condition that is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality. Obesity is a common risk factor for OSA and type 2 diabetes and hence it is not surprising that OSA and type 2 diabetes are interlinked. OSA has been shown to be an independent risk factor for the development of incident pre-diabetes/type 2 diabetes. OSA is also associated with worse glycemic control and vascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, evidence for the benefits of OSA treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes is still lacking. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of OSA, the relationships between OSA and dysglycemia and the impact of OSA in patients with type 2 diabetes, highlighting recent advances in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2014


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Glycated hemoglobin
  • Hypertension
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Nephropathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Obesity
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Retinopathy
  • Sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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