Close tie between sleep apnea and diabetes

March 05, 2009
Does your spouse complain that you snore like you’re sawing logs? Are you often tired during the day even though you think you’ve slept a full 8 hours? Then, don’t nap through the March Diabetes Support Group session on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Place on 901 S. Walker St.

Polly Harman, Registered Respiratory Therapist and Registered Sleep Specialist at Pender Memorial Hospital, will educate the group on the connection between sleep apnea and diabetes. She will explain how abnormal sleep patterns can impact the body’s metabolism and its ability to process insulin.

Like diabetes, sleep apnea can have a serious impact on cardiovascular health. Getting a good night’s sleep may help people with diabetes reduce their heart disease risks and live healthier, longer lives.

The support group is sponsored by Pender Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department, and is free and open to the public. March 24 is also the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Alert Day and Maureen Drake, Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, will lead the group through the Diabetes Risk questionnaire to help assess potential risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes.

For more information, contact Maureen Drake at (910) 259-5451, ext. 306. Find out more about all services offered by Pender Memorial Hospital by visiting