Sleep apnea linked to vision loss in diabetes patients
This will TRIPLE your risk of losing your eyesight
Sometimes, the answer's obvious. But other times, it's hiding where you least expect it.
If you have diabetes, you know there's more than just your life on the line.
This disease isn't just trying to kill you. It'll leave you with nerve pain, memory loss, and more.
It can even rob you of your eyesight.
It's trying to steal everything that makes life worth living!
The OBVIOUS answer is to keep control over blood sugar to cut those risks.
But I promised you an answer where you least expect it -- and when it comes to one of the biggest diabetes risks of all, the answer isn't in your blood sugar.
It's in your bedroom!
If you're sleeping well, you'll lower your risk of diabetic retinopathy, a vision-robbing condition that hits up to half of all patients with diabetes and can lead to disability and even blindness.
But if you have one of the nation's most common sleep disorders, you may as well kiss your vision goodbye right now.
Turns out there's a direct link between sleep apnea and diabetic retinopathy, with apnea DOUBLING your risk of developing the condition.
And if you already have retinopathy and diabetes, sleep apnea will TRIPLE your risk of it progressing to the most severe form, according to the study.
When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing in the night. If you have a loved one with this condition, it can be absolutely terrifying to watch as it happens.
But as the new study shows, what you CAN'T see could be even more frightening, as hidden damage takes place deep inside the body. The lack of oxygen as you stop breathing can deprive your eyes of the oxygen-rich blood they need for good function.
Don't sleep too easy if you think you can't possibly have apnea yourself.
Most of the folks with apnea don't even know it, because they never actually wake up during these episodes. But if your spouse notices loud snores followed by total silence, you could very well have apnea.
Or, if you wake up feeling tired even after a full night of sleep... having morning headaches or sore throats... or suffering daytime sleepiness... you could also have apnea.
Docs have no shortages of gimmicks for apnea, from minor surgery to noisy and uncomfortable oxygen masks.
But the real answer is to attack the cause.
Apnea is usually caused by weight gain. Drop the extra pounds, and you'll sleep better and breathe easier at night... wiping out the apnea and quite possibly saving your eyesight.