Diabetes

Diabetes and sleep apnoea may lead to vision loss: Study

Patients who suffer from both Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea are at greater risk of losing their vision within a period of four years, a study has found.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, resulting in snoring and interrupting breathing, and it is common in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Meanwhile, diabetic retinopathy – the most common form of diabetic eye disease – affects between 40 and 50 per cent of patients with diabetes and is a leading cause of blindness in the western world.
Previous studies have shown a link between OSA and diabetic retinopathy.
However, there had been no published studies assessing the impact of OSA on the progression of diabetic retinopathy in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
“Despite improvements in glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, diabetic retinopathy remains very common,” said Abd Tahrani from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
“Meanwhile, OSA has been shown to be very common in patients with Type 2 diabetes, which is not…