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Snoring an Indicator of Diabetes

Posted on September 3, 2011 | No Comments on Snoring an Indicator of Diabetes

Snoring may be more than just a sign of tiredness: a recent study from Yale University showed that people who snore heavily had a 50% greater chance of developing diabetes, compare to those who sleep silently.

According to the research, snorers regularly experience greater changes in bodily metabolism. Those who snore regularly also have sleep apnea, which can collapse muscles in the airways. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep, with each pause being as long as several minutes. The study reportedly commented: “Sleep apnea is significantly associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes, independently of other risk factors such as age, race, sex or weight. And an increase in the severity of snoring is associated with a raised risk of diabetes.”

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