Home > Lung Disease > Sleep Apnea Associated with Diabetes Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on May 18, 2008 by UMagalang, Views: 4561 It is well known that patients with sleep apnea are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Now, there may be an association betweeen diabetes and sleep apnea. A new study found that patients with sleep apnea had more insulin resistance. Dr. Ulysses Magalang. Ohio State University.