Yikes! Are you increasing your risk for diabetes by using artificial sweeteners? It’s quite possible. A recent study suggests that consuming high amounts of artificial sweeteners might affect how the body responds to sugar, which can raise a person’s risk for developing diabetes. A high intake of sweeteners might lead to exaggerated spikes in blood sugar levels after a meal. Over time this could predispose you to developing type 2 diabetes, which can also be linked with a worsening of sleep apnea.

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

The World Health Organization has found that about one in every 10 adults suffer from diabetes. Of those with diabetes, a majority have type 2 diabetes, which is when the body can’t make or process enough of the insulin hormone. As a result, obesity is an increased risk of both sleep apnea and diabetes.

In a recent study, as well as past research, a direct link between sleep apnea and diabetes can be seen. The findings place a high amount of importance in the need to prevent sleep apnea and screen for diabetes in those with sleep apnea. This would include overweight and physically inactive people.

It is important to be aware of the link between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. While ongoing research is still being completed, but knowing there is a connection is key. Contact Dr. Sara in North Scottsdale for more information on the connection between sleep apnea and diabetes.