It is estimated that over 50% of people with type 2 diabetes have sleep apnea, which, if left untreated, can have devastating health effects. Dr. Steven Edelman talks with sleep medicine expert, Dr. Jose Loredo, about the latest research on the disorder. Then JC Johnson, a type 2 diabetic, joins the show to share his story of how successfully managing his sleep apnea changed his life.
“Sleep Apnea from A to Zzz” premieres Thursday, October 27 at 8pm on UCSD-TV. For additional broadcast dates and times or view the program online, click here.
Dr. Jose S. Loredo received his undergraduate education and medical education at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California where he graduated with a combined MD and MS degree in 1984. After specializing in Internal Medicine, he practiced general medicine for four years in rural Alabama. Since 1992, Dr. Loredo has been at UC San Diego where he finished his Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship and Sleep Medicine training. He also completed a MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University in 2005.
Dr. Loredo’s medical practice is divided into patient care, medical education and clinical research. His clinical practice focuses primarily on the evaluation and treatment of patients with sleep disorders. He is active in the teaching of medical students, Internal Medicine residents and Pulmonary fellows in the area of Pulmonary/ Critical Care/Sleep medicine. As part of his teaching duties, Dr. Loredo attends the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the San Diego VA Hospital, and teaches sleep medicine during sleep clinic at the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center and at the San Diego VA Pulmonary Sleep Disorders clinic.
An active clinical researcher, Dr. Loredo has received funding from the NIH for a large epidemiological study of sleep-health amongst Hispanics in San Diego County. Dr. Loredo is co-investigator in the largest NIH sponsored research project that seeks to follow longitudinally the health of 16,000 Hispanics in the US. Other research projects include the investigation of the role of peripheral chemoreceptors in the development of hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the association of sleep apnea with asthma. Dr. Loredo has published on the role of arousals from sleep in the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) of patients with OSA and has published works documenting the effectiveness of CPAP and supplemental oxygen in improving sleep quality in OSA.