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Blood sugar issues after treating apnea with BIPAP
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I was wondering if it was possible and/or likely to have apnea-related blood sugar problems with AHI under 2?

I've been recently diagnosed with mild sleep Apnea, and thankfully with an auto BIPAP machine, have been able to keep my AHI events under 2 per hour.

Unfortunately, 6 months prior to my apnea diagnosis, I developed a hormonal and blood sugar issue that has gotten worse even after using the Bipap machine.

Can daytime airway obstruction affect blood sugar levels in the absence of nighttime apnea? is this likely? any personal accounts or research articles about this issue would be appreciated.

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Likely unrelated issues. Probably adult onset diabetes.
Start measuring your blood glucose if you have not already started.
Talk to your doc. Has he measured your HgA1c? (Blood test)
Depending upon your HgA1c your doc will likely start with Metformin.

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I agree. Not related.
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#4
Agree with justMongo.

You also might want to google low carb RN as she is very informative regarding metabolic issues and how much a high fat, low carb diet helps tremendously no matter what type of diabetes you have.
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If you're just being diagnosed with diabetes type 2, then weight loss and blood sugar control without adding either exogenous or added endogenous insulin would be good. Once you get to adding insulin; or stimulating the pancreas to produce extra insulin weight gain is likely. (And, with insulin, your wallet will shrink -- the synthetic analogue insulins like Lantus, Humalog and Novolog are very expensive.)

Work with your doctor, keep the carbs low.
See if he/she will add a c-peptide test to your blood work.
C-peptide is released in proportion to insulin secretion by the pancreas.

Just like CPAP, diabetes requires one to self educate on the subject.
You have to become your advocate for care; knowledge is power.

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#6
Hi Gugliano,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you with your CPAP therapy,
trish6hundred
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#7
Possibly related...my wife is severely type 2 diabetic, taking massive amounts of insulin, roughly 200 TIMES the amount that normal people take. She started on CPAP about a year ago, and it hasn't made a bit of difference in her blood sugar. But with her massive insulin intake, it's like spitting on a forest fire! Would you really be able to see a difference?
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What is the hormonal problem you developed? Was it a high cortisol level?

Are you getting enough sleep? An AHI <2 is meaningless if you're only getting 4-5 hours of sleep. Your cortisol levels will probably spike and continue to have a gradual rise, which will raise your blood sugar.

If you're in the prediabetic phase, there is evidence that metformin can help prevent going on to develop full diabetes. It will also aid in weight loss for most people.
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