Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious, often overlooked medical condition in which your airways get blocked temporarily while you sleep, stopping your breathing for a period of time. Not only is diabetes a risk factor for sleep apnea, but having sleep apnea can result in worse blood glucose control — probably because of the important role that restful sleep plays in blood glucose regulation. In a recent news item, we noted that one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea — continuous positive airway pressure CPAP — is linked to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. One of the potential effects of sleep apnea is mood disturbance — the result of not getting enough restful sleep, or being woken up at night and not being able to fall asleep again easily.
Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Older Adults
Diabetes in the Older Adult: Recommendations for Glycemic Control
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How Meaningful Is Prediabetes for Older Adults?
Credit: Getty Images. Doctors still consider prediabetes a useful indicator of future diabetes risk in young and middle-aged adults. However, the study, which followed nearly 3, older adults, of median age 76, for about six and a half years, suggests that prediabetes is not a useful marker of diabetes risk in people of more advanced age. Doctors instead should focus on healthy lifestyle changes and important disease risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
April Issue. With the introduction of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, dietitians will have even more ammunition to help prevent this costly disease. The number of people in the United States aged 65 and older is estimated to reach more than 98 million by ,1 and as this aging population continues to grow, there will be more cases of type 2 diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC projects that the number of older individuals with diabetes will double or even triple by , affecting one in three adults older than