What is worse for Diabetes – Obesity or Sleep Apnea?

by Arun Raj on February 28, 2023

Who wouldn’t want to have a good night’s sleep? Most of us would be yearning to get back to bed after a heavy working day and enjoy a nice night’s rest. Good sleep is one of the main contributors to healthy living. However, it is no secret that due to the stressful leaving conditions existing today, most of us are deprived of just that leading to conditions like Sleep Apnea.

Studies have proven many times that you lose sleep big time when you are suffering from any underlying condition like diabetes and obesity. Sleep Apnea can have a major impact on diabetes but it has stiff competition from Obesity.

Which of these is worse for Diabetic Patients? Let’s take a look.


OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is widely prevalent these days with people losing their sleep due to various reasons. While technically it is concerned with either complete or partial blocking of the airway leading to breathing difficulties, it can have a much more serious impact. Any disruption in the free supply of oxygen to the blood can have complications that can be challenging to address. OSA needs immediate attention on observing relevant symptoms.

On the other hand, Diabetes is a sort of a household word now with at least one member of the family showing significant symptoms of either high blood sugar levels or frequent variations in energy levels. We all know what uncontrolled diabetes can do.

However, why we are here, is to find out which of these two- Obesity or Sleep Apnea can be more dangerous to Diabetics or a person suffering from Diabetes.

Surveys conducted in India and Overseas have significantly shown a steady increase in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes. But it is no surprise to see that even obesity cases are on a rise due to sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits.

This brings us pretty close to the answer to our question as one of the main reasons for people suffering from Diabetes is Obesity. As OSA and diabetes are more prevalent in obese adults, it is natural to assume that obesity is the root cause of the two diseases.

However, it is not as simple as that. Rapid changes in living conditions have seen people with long-term sleep disorders becoming diabetic patients at a certain stage in their life.

So, what does this mean for us when it comes to health management? First, being overweight poses a great risk; hence, maintaining your Body Mass Index or BMI below 30 and preferably below 25 is very important. The higher your BMI, the greater your chance of getting sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. In case you have sleeping disorders but no early signs of diabetes, still it is important to have your sleep patterns checked.

The Final word

It is imperative to seek a medical opinion on observing symptoms of all three; Diabetes, Sleep Apnea and Obesity. While any of the two conditions can lead to Diabetes or vice versa, the decision slightly weighs towards obesity when it comes to looking at a more dangerous symptom.

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