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Ask the doctor: Is there a connection between diabetes and sleep apnea?

February 01, 2012

Q. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Is there any connection between the two?

A. There's one sure connection between type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea: if you're overweight, you have an increased risk of developing both conditions. But it's an unsettled question whether sleep apnea might somehow increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

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