Treating Sleep Apnea Has Hidden Health Benefits
People who suffer from sleep apnea and who are pre-diabetic may be able to improve their blood sugar levels if they wear a CPAP mask at night.
A continuous positive airway pressure mask keeps the airway open and prevents sleep interuptions.
Researchers supervised 39 adults in a sleep lab for two weeks and found those who wore the mask were better able to use their body’s insulin.
The study suggests as many as two-thirds of type 2 diabetic patients may not realize they have sleep apnea.