The association between obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and microvascular complications in well-controlled diabetic patients

Semaan Kosseifi, Beth Bailey, Robert Price, Thomas M. Roy, Ryland P. Byrd, Alan N. Peiris

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Abstract

Background: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may promote hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. Objective: We studied the link between sleep apnea and microvascular diabetic complications in veterans with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM-2). Design: A retrospective electronic chart of all veterans referred for sleep studies over a 1-year period was reviewed. Ninety-eight patients with a glycosylated hemoglobin <6.5% were included in the study. The degree of glycemia (HbA1c) and presence of macro-and microvascular complications were compared with OSAS variables. Method: Statistical analysis examined bivariate associations between OSAS variables and metabolic syndrome parameters. Results: The apnea hypopnea index was significantly related to diabetic microvascular complications, particularly retinopathy. Oxygen desaturation was significantly and inversely related to microalbuminuria, microvascular complications, retinopathy, and HbA1c . Conclusions: Sleep apnea is associated with microvascular complications even in well-controlled DM-2 veterans. Clinical implications: Screening for OSAS should be considered in patients with DM-2. Copyright (c) Association of Military Surgeons of the US. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)913-916
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume175
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

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