Researchers evaluated 131 type 2 diabetes patients, average age of 57.5, and found that each successive quartile of apnea-hypopnea index during rapid eye movement sleep was associated with an increased risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, but found no association between DR risk and quartile of apnea-hypopnea index during non-REM sleep. The findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism revealed that diabetes duration, quartile of apnea-hypopnea index during REM sleep and mean blood pressure are the three variables that were significantly and independently associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy risk tied to apnea-hypopnea index, study finds
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