More on the Sleep Apnea/Diabetes Connection: Doctors Urged to Take It More Seriously

About 85 percent of sleep apnea cases among diabetics go undiagnosed.

Sep 4, 2008

Despite the fact that 94 percent of doctors are aware of the association between sleep apnea and diabetes, only 47 percent of them screen for the condition in their patients with diabetes. 

As a result, about 85 percent of sleep apnea cases among diabetics go undiagnosed, according to Virginia Zamudio-Lange, RN, MSN, CDE, a speaker last week in Washington at the 35th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Zamudio-Lange reported that in a sleep apnea screening protocol developed at Alamo Diabetes Team in San Antonio, diabetes educators asked patients about snoring and fatigue as they made preliminary diabetes assessments. 

Patients who reported apnea-like symptoms were categorized as high-risk and referred for further evaluation or possible treatment. 

The San Antonio study followed 83 patients over a six-month period. Sixty-six percent of patients with diabetes fell into the high-risk classification.

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Posted by Anonymous on 6 September 2008

My doctor did not screen for sleep apnea, although my RN/CDE did. After presenting her with my poor score on the screening test, my doctor immediately set up an appointment for me at a sleep center for testing. Unfortunately, even after an appeal by my internist, my health insurance still refuses to cover the costs of a sleep test at this facility.

Posted by Anonymous on 22 September 2008

My Sleep Apnea doctor does not think there is a connection between my diabetes and my severe sleep apnea, in which I disagee. (I had Sleep Apnea at 105 lbs, at 165 lbs and now at 125 lbs; so mine is not directly related to being overweight).

Posted by Anonymous on 25 October 2008

My physician has ordered a sleep study for me to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea. I am fortunate because he also personally underwent testing and is challenged with the disorder. He is hyper aware and puts all of his patients with diabetes through the screening process.


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