The NHS Diabetes bill rises to £10 billion a year

In a week where the newspapers in the UK were dominated by the news of a Royal birth that was then followed by the General Election, one newspaper still managed to lead with a front-page story on the above serious health problem.

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Diabetes now has over 4 million sufferers in Britain – and to put that in perspective it amounts to nearly three times more than the total number of SNP voters – and as many as UKIP and the SNP added together.

How hard can it be to work out that treatment for OSA needs to be a priority – and not just in Britain – but in all countries. In North America the problem is bigger still. Pre-diabetes afflicts nearly 57 million people, putting them at risk for diabetes, which in turn increases the odds of cardiovascular disease and serious damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

The new research study study showed that patients with pre-diabetes can lower their risk of progressing to diabetes when treatment is given, and allowing a full night’s sleep. This statement was made by lead researcher, Sushmita Pamidi, M.D., a former fellow at the University of Chicago who is now on the faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“Our results should provide a strong incentive for anyone with sleep apnoea, especially pre-diabetic individuals, to improve adherence to their treatment for cardio-metabolic risk reduction.” she said.

A primary lifestyle cause for OSA is being over weight or obese and this is something that any individual can tackle, although it may take valuable time to achieve results. The problem even exists in children where a growing number are having their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnoea – a condition in which the walls of the throat come together or collapse during sleep to block the airway.

A spokesman at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Dental Hospital in Melbourne, said up to 60 per cent of obese children suffer from sleep apnoea compared with 1 per cent of children at a healthy weight and this leads to a wide range of other illnesses if not resolved. The UK has the world’s fifth highest rate of type 1 diabetes in children aged up to 14, according to an international league table compiled by the charity Diabetes UK two years ago. It found that only Finland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Norway have higher rates.

In essence, if you think that you may have sleep apnoea, which is signalled by loud snoring and daytime sleepiness, then do something about it fast before it’s too late. Either check with your Doctor or Dentist and take the appropriate tests, or in the very least acquire a medically oral appliance such as are now easily available at low cost.

The SleepPro Custom is an ideal example and is recommended by the leading NHS Sleep Disorder Centre at Papworth Hospital as the No.1 choice to treat mild or moderate sleep OSA. Snoring stops immediately and a better night’s sleep produces the obvious results for all concerned, whilst the possible future problems brought about by OSA are brought under control.

John Redfern