Sleep Apnea and Your Health

Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 6:12 pm

Sleep apnea is a condition marked by breathing problems during sleep, usually due to some kind of obstruction in the airway. Breathing typically stops and starts, and this can be a potentially harmful health concern. Common symptoms include snoring and extreme daytime sleepiness.

Sleep apnea has been linked with other health concerns over time, and may even increase the risk of developing these issues. Keep reading to find out more on the health conditions linked to sleep apnea.

Top Health Concerns Associated with Sleep Apnea

  1. Heart Attack. Sleep apnea affects the heart in a number of ways, and may even increase your risk for heart attacks as these breathing issues can increase your heart rate to dangerous levels.  A 2007 study showed that people with sleep apnea were 30% more likely to have a heart attack or die of any cause over a four to five year period.
  2. Depression. This sleeping condition may also increase the risk for developing depression. Health.com reported that men were more than twice as likely, and women more than five times as likely to show signs of clinical depression if they were living with sleep apnea. Thankfully, the treatment used for depression is also used for sleep apnea, so both conditions can be treated simultaneously.
  3. Diabetes. Many recent studies are showing signs that sleep apnea may be linked to the development of diabetes and other metabolic diseases. A study once even found that the sleeping condition more than doubled the risk for developing diabetes.
  4. Cancer. Sleep apnea can increase the risk for developing cancer, as well as dying from it. Many studies have been and are being performed to find further links. One study found that people with sleep apnea may have a 65% higher chance of developing some kind of cancer than people without it.
  5. Stroke. Although more research must be done on the link between sleep apnea and risk of stroke, many professionals believe the sleeping disorder elevates the risk. A recent small study even found that 91% of its stroke victims suffered from sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Toccoa

If you want to learn more about sleep apnea or how it is treated, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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