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Health organizations estimate that 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, some of these individuals living with it have yet to be diagnosed. Another 22 million individuals suffer from sleep apnea, with an estimated 80 percent of those cases undiagnosed. These are two very prevalent and real diseases in our society today. With so many Americans affected by them, is there a relationship between diabetes and sleep apnea? Scientists have been examining the possibility of a relationship between the two for years. Recently, evidence has proven there is an overlap. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine found that 1 in 3 people who suffer from severe sleep apnea will also develop diabetes. Another study found that approximately seven in ten adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes, also suffer from sleep apnea. Other research also suggests that the more severe sleep apnea is, the more likely that individual is to develop diabetes as well. There are overlaps in the risk factors for both as well. Risk factors for both include being overweight, age (45 or older), family history, and being male. There are also links between heart disease, smoking, and stroke to sleep apnea and diabetes as well. Although more research is needed, it is clear there is a significant relationship between sleep apnea and diabetes. If you think you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, our team at Dr. Bez can help you. Call us today to schedule your appointment.