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Poor sleep for diabetes patients linked to eye disease

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Type 2 diabetes patients with sleep problems are at higher risk of eye disease, foot problems and amputation, according to University of Birmingham researchers.

They looked at 231 diabetes patients of whom 149 had obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

They found 48% with severe retinopathy in the OSA group and 20% in the non OSA group.

In a second study of 230 diabetes patients, of whom 148 had OSA, they found 60% of the OSA group had nerve damage compared to 22% in the group without OSA.

The authors said: “Our results suggest that OSA is not an innocent bystander in patients with type 2 diabetes and might contribute to morbidities associated with this condition.”

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