How does oxygen desaturation in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) correlate with insulin resistance?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Correlations were also noted for the degree of oxygen desaturation at night, indicating that the OSAHS may contribute to insulin resistance as a result of the hypoxemia that occurs with the syndrome. However, in the Wisconsin Cohort Study, subjects with OSAHS were no more likely to develop diabetes mellitus than subjects without OSAHS. [110]


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