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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops and restarts during sleep. People with sleep apnea are more likely to develop diabetes, and African or South Asian ethnicity can make things worse.


Symptoms of sleep apnea including your breathing starting and stopping during sleep, and also waking up frequently.

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People of African descent often experience pressures that disrupt sleep, increasing their risk of diabetes.


Sleep apnea increases obesity in South Asian people, which makes diabetes more likely to develop.

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Overall, evidence suggests BAME communities get less sleep, and experience more sleep problems.

If you are Afro-Caribbean or South Asian and are experiencing sleep problems please contact your local GP, even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes! Sleep apnea, if left unchecked, may lead to obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems.

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