There is developing evidence that sleep disorders, in particular obstructive sleep apnea and inadequate sleep, can influence the course of other chronic diseases. Observational studies show that CPAP treatment of patients with pre-diabetes who have OSA reduces the incidence of future diabetes. Moreover, animal and human data indicate that insufficient sleep and sleep apnea can affect the rate of progression of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. We now need robust studies to address the question whether addressing these sleep disorders can be used as a preventative strategy to delay the onset of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
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