The connection between diabetes and sleep apnea will be discussed Thursday, Feb. 5, as part of Takoma Regional Hospital’s monthly diabetic support group meeting.
Guest speaker will be Steve Garland, director of the hospital’s Sleep Center. Garland will also offer tips on how to get a better night’s sleep.
“I’ll be discussing how sleep apnea affects diabetes and its control, and how it’s all related,” Garland said. “Type 2 diabetes, for example, appears mostly in obese people. If sleep apnea is untreated then your metabolism slows down, and then you gain weight, and then diabetes is more difficult to control. It’s a cycle.”
The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Center, located at the corner of Takoma Avenue and Coolidge Street on the hospital campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Diabetic friendly refreshments will be served.
If you plan to attend, please call Louisa Hammer, diabetic educator, at 636-0308.