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Sleep apnea treatment may improve depression and erectile dysfunction, investigators say.

New studies presented June of 2012 at the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies brought to light a connection between sleep apnea, depression, diabetes and erectile dysfunction.

Do you have sleep apnea? You’ll be intrigued with the news coming out of Boston. Three major scientific investigations were presented at the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies on the links between depression, sleep apnea, erectile dysfunction and diabetes.

Here’s what they said:

Depression and Sleep Apnea: This investigation, from scientists at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Center, determined that people who used continuous positive pressure (CPAP) therapy to ease obstructive sleep apnea felt a decrease in depression symptoms, even if they failed to follow the prescribed treatment exactly.

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea: Investigators in New Brunswick, N.J. at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School examined the association between diabetes and sleep apnea and discovered that sleep apnea was high among those with diabetes compared with those who were non-diabetic, and may additionally be linked with craving of carbohydrates. The study examined 55 patients for sleep apnea, diabetes, and carbohydrate cravings. It determined that eighty-two percent of the patients with diabetes studied indeed had obstructive sleep apnea. People with both sleep apnea and diabetes also experienced nearly double the risk of craving carbohydrates than non-diabetics.

Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea: Focusing on the benefits of sleep apnea therapy, still another investigation on the condition found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the therapy used to treat sleep apnea, may also manage to improve sexual satisfaction and libido in men, specifically in those already experiencing baseline erectile dysfunction. This investigational study was conducted by researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.