Experts warn – sleep disorders linked to diabetes

UAE experts have warned that a lack of sleep could be contributing to the rise in diabetes in the region.

Neuropsychiatrist at the London Sleep Centre Dubai, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim cited research that suggests 80 per cent of obese people with type 2 diabetes may have underlying sleep apnea, ‘which is likely to have been present prior and a significant contributor to the development of their diabetes’.

Ebrahim said: “As the prevalence of diabetes and heart diseases continue to increase, one of the most effective ways to prevent these cases from escalating further is through the early detection and treatment of sleep apnea.”

Figures from the International Diabetes Federation indicate there are 37 million people with diabetes in the MENA region, 803,900 of which are in the UAE.

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