Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sleep Apnea Patients at Higher Risk for Osteoporosis

People who suffer from sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop brittle bones, according to a new study from researchers in Taiwan. HealthDay reports that the researchers found this correlation after analyzing medical records for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea over the course of six years. This latest information on sleep apnea demonstrates yet another dangerous complication linked to the disorder.

The nightly breathing cessation that occurs during sleep apnea deprives the body of necessary oxygen. The Taiwanese researchers linked this lack of oxygen to an increased risk of osteoporosis, especially among female and elderly patients.

However, diminished skeletal strength isn’t the only negative health consequence of lower blood oxygen levels. Other serious conditions you might be at higher risk for if you suffer from sleep apnea include:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular heartbeat and/or breathing
If you suffer from chronic daytime fatigue, or a spouse or roommate complains about your loud snoring night after night, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. To begin restoring proper oxygen flow during sleep and lower your risk of serious complications, a trained physician can perform a sleep study and discuss treatment options.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

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