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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy

Pregnant women with diabetes in pregnancy did have a 7-fold risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. The study that published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism highlights the number of mothers who had diabetes during pregnancy is also suffering from snoring and sleep apnea.

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Diabetes is thought to be caused by obesity in women. And recent data also indicate that snoring and sleep apnea can be one of the factors that led to a metabolic disorder which eventually lead to diabetes in pregnancy. Sleep apnea itself, if not treated will increase the risk of heart - vascular disease, stroke and heart attack.

The team of researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that nearly 75 percent of people with diabetes in pregnancy also snore and suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

The study looked at 45 of pregnant women. 15 pregnant women with diabetes in pregnancy, 15 pregnant women without diabetes and the last 15 are really healthy. The results found a strong correlation between sleep apnea and diabetes. Pregnant women, who do not have diabetes, sleep longer and more sustainable without falter. Yes, if someone is suffering from snoring and sleep apnea, sleep process will falter due to recurrent spasms during sleep. So the sufferer wakes short-wake repeatedly in the bed without realizing it.

While this study looked at the relationship of gestational diabetes and snoring from different sides. Nevertheless, the conclusion remains the same, regardless of diabetes caused sleep apnea or sleep apnea caused diabetes, both conditions should be treated. Then the researchers suggest the mothers who had diabetes during pregnancy to examine the possibility of suffering from sleep apnea, and also pregnant women who snore to get monitor about the possibility of diabetes.

What are the things that needed to be prepared to get a healthy pregnancy?

  1. Regular health checks, including treatment of illness before pregnancy, until declared cured or allowed becoming pregnant by a doctor and under supervision.
  2. Maintain fitness and health with regular exercise. Trying to lose weight if obese (overweight) and gain weight when too thin. You can consult with midwives and doctors to check your body mass index.
  3. Stopping bad habits, e.g. heavy smokers, dope addict, drug addict, alcohol addict and free sex.
  4. Increase intake of nutritious food by consuming foods that body needs in preparation for pregnancy, such as protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, folic acid, and so on.
  5. The psychological and mental preparation that will be undertaken, pregnancy does not cause tension. Avoid the things that would adversely affect the hormonal balance. 

I'm sure, when you practise regularly, the pregnancy will be the happiest moment for you.


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