As Waistlines Grow, Airways Shrink
The consequences of our obesity epidemic go far beyond a nationwide rise in heart disease. An entire constellation of metabolic syndrome markers, including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s, appear to be directly influenced by body weight. Now a new study has found a connection few would be surprised to hear: Obesity may also be closely linked to sleep apnea.
Researchers in Wisconsin studied 1,520 white men between the ages of 30 and 70 while they slept. And while their study was small and limited, the results were clear:
The researchers extrapolated their findings to the entire United States and estimated that 10 percent of men aged 30 to 49 currently have symptoms of sleep apnea. The study estimates the number is 17 percent of men aged 50 to 70. For women, the estimate is 3 percent among those aged 30 to 49 and 9 percent among women aged 50 to 70.
Among all groups, heavier people were much more likely than thinner people to suffer from the symptoms.
As many of you know, apnea has been associated with a wide variety of health problems including depression and even IQ. If you find yourself waking frequently during the night or gasping for breath, it’s possible that your overall health is diminishing your ability to breathe. Contact an expert sinus surgeon today to learn more about some of the safest options available.