Ask Dr Marie: Millions of Diabetics May Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

Many obese patients with type 2 diabetes have a dangerous but treatable sleep condition called sleep apnea. Of 306 obese patients with diabetes who underwent a sleep study, 87 percent of them had sleep apnea but had never been previously diagnosed, according to a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care,

This is a staggering number and suggests that both patients and doctors need to pay closer attention. Just imagine -- with more than 24 million people with type 2 diabetes, and most of them overweight or obese, there is a huge number of people who are undiagnosed and untreated for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea leads to a number of serious conditions including increased risk for