Sleep Apnea Affects Women Too!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 12:45 am

Sleep apnea has long been thought to afflict mostly men but it turns out that women are just as much at risk as the guys! A study completed in Sweden a couple of years ago showed that the sleep disorder was common in both sexes.

The study looked at a random sample of 10,000 women aged 20 to 70 and gathered data on 400 of them. The subjects also had an overnight sleep study. Half of the women were diagnosed with sleep apnea! While the majority were diagnosted with mild sleep apnea, 20% had moderate cases and 6% were severe. There were links between sleep apnea and blood pressure, body weight and age. The older and heavier the women were and the higher their blood pressure, the more likely they were to have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is dangerous if not treated and has been linked to sudden cardiac death, heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Treatment using an oral appliance is effective and comfortable.

Find out more about the easy way to treat your sleep apnea by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule a consultation.

 

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