FACTS ABOUT SLEEP APNEA

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  • It is a sleep disorder in which the patient experiences regular, periodic pauses in breathing during sleep
  • 14% Indians exhibit pauses in their breathing at night
  • 30-40% of diabetics suffer from OSA
  • Nearly half of the diabetics suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders that hamper their glucose management
  • Sacrificing sleep can increase fatty acid levels that lower the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugar leading to diabetes
  • An estimated 9% of the population, which is about 11.5 crore Indians, have OSA
  • International Diabetes Federation recommends that all diabetics should be screened for OSA, and those with a positive screen should undergo a sleep study
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