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5 Important Discoveries on Sleep Apnea that You Should Know
December 10, 2012

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5 Important Discoveries on Sleep Apnea that You Should Know

Reading through the clinical studies on and other life science journals and forums, I stumbled on recent reports about disorders caused by sleep apnea.

These facts can be disturbing, but as long as you have a treatment for your sleep apnea, you don't need to worry. However, if you know someone with sleep breathing disorders, please pass along these facts:

  1. Almost 80% of people with fibromyalgia have obstructive sleep apnea.
  2. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by diffuse muscular-skeletal pain, lasting for at least 3 months. The pain comes from the tendons, ligaments, muscles and tender points in soft tissues. In general, it is accompanied by stiff joints, fatigue and sleep disorders.

    It has been shown that, when deprived of the deep phases of sleep, healthy young volunteers present complaints similar to those seen in patients with FMS.

    Moreover, the inflammation and pain in tender points are also caused by low blood oxygen levels.

    Part of the problem with sleep apnea is that your levels of inflammation rise as a result of the lowering of oxygen levels.

    However, as your treatment with CPAP starts to work, the inflammation levels will go down. For some people, that results in less pain. For others, fibromyalgia will remain untreated.

    My source of information for sleep apnea and fibromyalgia is Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia and

  3. 50% of patients with hypertension have OSA.
  4. Hypertension is another major indicator of the presence of OSA because about one half of patients with EH have OSA, and about one half of all patients with OSA have EH.

    In fact, in the last two years, seven major studies have shown that OSA is an independent risk factor for hypertension and, generally, the more severe the OSA, the more prevalent and severe the hypertension.

    Now the good news: Many studies have shown that successful treatment of OSA is associated with a significant reduction in blood pressure levels.

    My source of info about hypertension and OSA is American Academy of Family Physicians.

  5. 40% of people with type 2 diabetes have obstructive apnea,
  6. Estimates suggest that up to 40% of people with OSA will have diabetes, but the incidence of new diabetes in people with OSA is not known.

    More surprisingly is that in people who have diabetes, the prevalence of some form of sleep disordered breathing may be as high as 58%.

    My source of information for sleep apnea and diabetes is International Diabetes Federation.

  7. Almost 40% of people with asthma have OSA.
  8. From a study of 244 asthmatic patients, the researcher found that “37% snored habitually and 40% demonstrated high OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea) risk.”

    In another study entitled, “Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and asthma: what are the links?” the researcher noted that several studies confirm that asthmatics are more prone to developing obstructive sleep apnea.

    The study further noted that symptoms in common for asthma and OSA included nasal obstruction, a small pharyngeal cross sectional area, and an increase in upper airway collapsibility.

    My source of information is

  9. OSA can trigger cancer.

    Well, this is the most shocking news I heard in the last couple of months.

    Researchers realized that there is an increased cancer mortality in people with obstructive sleep apnea, but they couldn't prove it until recently.

    A clinical study investigated patients with OSA between 2003 and 2007 in 7 hospitals from Spain. They were 4910 patients analyzed for a follow up period of 4.5 years.

    The result of the study is that OSA is associated with increased cancer incidents, but it seems to be limited to patients under 65 years of age.

    My source of information is NCBI.

What is your opinion about these shocking news? Please add your comment here.

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