Sleep Apnea Ups Risk Of Death, Stroke and Cancer

By on April 15, 2014

A new study on sleep apnea has found out that sleep apnea ups the risk of getting stroke, getting effected to cancer, and risk of death.

Sleep apnea is one of the most commonly found sleep disorder. Nearly 7% of men and 5% of women are the victims of sleep apnea. This results in obstruction of upper airway partially or completely during sleep. The most effective sleep apnea treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy in short known as CPAP.

Sleep Apnea Ups Risk Of DeathThis study was led by Nathaniel S. Marshall, PhD, senior lecturer in clinical trials at the University of Sydney in Australia. This study was following up from 20 years.

Nathaniel S. Marshall said that sleep apnea is a commonly found sleep disorder, and it shows great impact on public health as it increases the risk of death, stroke and cancer.

According to the study, patients of moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea to has a 4.2 times increased risk of death, 3.7 times increased risk of getting stroke, 3.4 times increased risk of death due to cancer, and 2.5 times of risk to develop cancer. These results were adjusted with respect to the body mass index, smoking habit, blood pressure levels, and cholesterol levels.

For this study 397 adults, who are participating in ongoing Busselton Health Study were selected. In 1990, portable home sleep testing device was used for gather the required sleep data. Researchers excluded people who had the history of stroke or cancer.

Of these people, there were 20.6% were having mild obstructive sleep apnea, and 4.6% of were having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. 77 deaths, 31 stokes and 125 cases of cancer, which included 39 deaths were recorded in people with moderate to severe sleep apnea during this period of 20 years study. Whereas, mild obstructive sleep apnea did not show any health risks.