Snoring in pregnancy can cause diabetes

Researchers found a strong link between snoring & gestational diabetes. They said that sleep disorder in pregnancy may likely to cause diabetes in women. This type of diabetes starts during pregnancy & goes away after child’s birth. It is believed that the hormones produced during pregnancy reduce a woman's receptivity to insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes affects 1% to 3% of all pregnant women.


Women with the nocturnal habit were more than four times as likely to develop a short-term form of the disease which causes health problems for both the mother and child. Snoring was still associated with gestational diabetes, when researchers took account of other possible causes in women like their age, race & body mass. Their babies are likely to be born heavier than the appropriate weight, which can lead to difficulties in the birth.

High blood sugar levels can be unhealthy for both mother & baby. If it isn't treated, the baby may be more likely to have problems at birth. The baby may have a low blood sugar level, jaundice & baby may weigh much more than normal. Gestational diabetes can also affect mother health. If baby is very large, mother may have a more difficult delivery or she may need a cesarean section. Snoring might trigger a cascade of metabolic changes.


“Sleep disturbances during pregnancy may negatively affect your cardiovascular system or metabolism. Snoring may be a sign of poor air flow and diminished oxygenation during sleep that can cause a cascade of events in your body,” said, Dr Francesca Facco. This may activate the sympathetic nervous system of pregnant women causes rise in their blood pressure at night. This can also provoke inflammatory and metabolic changes, increasing the risk of diabetes or poor sugar tolerance.

If snoring is bothering a woman who is pregnant, she should seek a consultation with a sleep specialist. However further studies are needed to explain the association & develop ways to treat snoring, which increases as pregnancy progresses. It is also found that frequent snorers had a 14.3 % chance of developing gestational diabetes. The pregnant women who never snored had only a 3.3 % risk.

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