People who snore while they sleep are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-snorers. Not only snorers, but all those who suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders -which include severe airway resistance syndrome, sleep apnea and snoring- are related to suffering from this pathology.
The relationship between both complications, according to a study published in the scientific journal 'Sleep Breath', is due to the fact that people who snore have pauses in their breathing while they sleep due to the relaxation of the musculature that narrows the respiratory tract, which it hinders the entry of oxygen into the lungs and, thereby, disrupts the metabolic chain of glucose.
The dentist and expert in sleep disorders Pedro Mayoral has warned that "snoring can be the cause in healthy people to generate diabetes and, in diabetics, can complicate their clinical manifestations." In addition, it has qualified that it is "a public health problem equivalent to tobacco that has not yet been given the importance it has" and that affects more men (60 percent) than women, although the percentage is equal to starting from menopause.
Correcting these disorders is not easy, but, according to Mayoral, mandibular advancement devices are "the best alternative, the simplest and the least expensive", as they gently advance the jaw, bringing the base of the tongue closer -causante of all these problems. In case of not working, Mayoral has pointed to CPAP system (Continuous positive air pressure, in its acronym in English), a mask that injects air under pressure that hyperblocks snoring and apnea. "It is tremendously effective but very uncomfortable," he said. Finally, he mentioned surgery although he considers that it must be studied "very thoroughly" because it is only indicated "in two or three percent and for patients with severe apneas".