Sleep apnea common with pregnancy diabetes

10 March 2015

It's common for obese pregnant women with gestational diabetes to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a new study has suggested.

The research looked at 25 women in Thailand with diet-controlled gestational diabetes and found that the severity of sleep disordered breathing could be linked to higher blood glucose levels and greater daytime sleepiness.

Presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, the study found a 56 per cent prevalence of OSA, which involves brief episodes where the person does not breath during sleep. This pattern is similar to how non-pregnant adults with type 2 diabetes have OSA, according to the authors.

"OSA may be an important co-morbidity [co-existing illness] in women with gestational diabetes mellitus," said a study investigator Dr Sirimon Reutrakul, associate professor at Mahidol University Faculty of Medicine, Bangkok. 

He said the results need to be confirmed by a larger study, but could potentially have an impact for patient care.

Of the 14 study participants who had OSA, 12 were considered mild and two were diagnosed with moderately severe apnea.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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