Apnoea impacts on diabetes: study

A study of 234 UK patients found that diabetic peripheral neuropathy was almost twice as prevalent in those with OSA.

The authors identified inc­reased nitrosative/oxidative stress and impaired microvascular blood flow regulation as potential mechanisms, stating: “OSA complicating type 2 diabetes may aggravate and amplify glucose toxicity which has significant implications for tissues susceptible to diabetes complications”.

Diabetes researcher Professor Don Chisholm, from the Garvan Institute, Sydney, said that the mechanism of