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Sleep apnoea prevalent in men with type 2 diabetes

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Men with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnoea, a study in Thorax has found.

More than 900 men with type 2 diabetes responded to a validated questionnaire that enquired about snoring, witnessed apnoea, nocturnal choking and daytime sleepiness. Blood pressure was measured and BMI calculated.

A total of 528 patients (57 per cent) were classified as high risk, 362 (39 per cent) as low risk and 39 (4 per cent) had already had sleep apnoea diagnosed.

Obstructive sleep apnoea was confirmed, by screening oximetry, in 33 out of 124 of the patients in the high-risk group and 15 out of 116 in the low-risk group.

The authors recommend that patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those with daytime sleepiness, should be screened for sleep apnoea.

West SD, Nicoll DJ, Stradling JR. Prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea in men with type 2 diabetes Thorax 2006; 61:945-50

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