Got sleep apnea? You'll be interested in the news coming out of Boston this week. Three major studies were presented at the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies on the link between sleep apnea, diabetes, depression and erectile dysfunction. Here's the recap:
Sleep apnea and diabetes: Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., looked at the link between sleep apnea and diabetes and found that the condition was high among diabetics compared with non-diabetics, and that it also may be associated with carbohydrate craving. The study evaluated 55 patients for diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and carbohydrate cravings. Eighty-two percent of the diabetics studied had obstructive sleep apnea. Diabetics with sleep apnea also experienced almost double the risk of carbohydrate craving than non-diabetics.
Sleep apnea and depression: This study, from researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, found that patients who used positive airway pressure therapy to treat sleep apnea experienced fewer symptoms of depression, even if they didn't follow the treatment exactly as prescribed.
Sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction: Speaking of the benefits of sleep apnea treatments, yet another study on the condition found that continuous positive airway pressure, the treatment used to ease sleep apnea, may also help to improve libido and sexual satisfaction in men, particularly in those already suffering from baseline erectile dysfunction. This study was conducted by researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.