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Catholic Health Sponsors Free Program on Diabetes and Sleep Apnea
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Catholic Health Sponsors Free Program on Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep conditions that are preventable and treatable. Did you know that people who have diabetes and sleep less than six hours a night are three times as likely to have elevated blood sugar levels, which can lead to medical complications? Catholic Health will present a free dinner program discussing the link between Diabetes and Sleep Apnea on Wednesday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.

Alexander B. Gelfer, MD, FCCP, FACP, FAASM, board-certified sleep medicine specialist and medical director of the SleepCare Centers at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, will discuss the importance of sleep in managing diabetes and the various sleep disorders that can prevent diabetics from getting a good night’s sleep. One of the most common and easily treatable sleep conditions is sleep apnea, which causes an interruption in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, mood or memory problems, and further complicate diabetic conditions.

This program is free and open to diabetics and their families. Reservations are required and a light dinner will be served. For more information, or to make reservations, call Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 447-6205 or log on to www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

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