When The Biggest Loser contestants Sherry Johnston and her daughter Ashley arrived at The Biggest Loser's Ranch (Couple's Edition), they already knew they had sleep apnea. They just hadn't been able to treat it.
A new study found that obstructive sleep apnea is linked to an increased risk of heart failure and coronary heart disease in middle-aged and older men.
"Men with severe obstructive sleep apnea were 58 percent more likely to develop new congestive heart failure over eight years of follow up compared to men without sleep apnea," says Daniel Gottlieb, study author and associate professor at Boston University's School of Medicine. Researchers monitored 1,927 men and 2,495 women over 40 years of age.
Veterans are four times more likely than other Americans to suffer from sleep apnea, according to Max Hirshkowitz, director of the Sleep Disorder Center at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Claims for sleep apnea as a disability among veterans revealed that they are disproportionately affected by the disorder. Roughly 5% of Americans have sleep apnea, but up to 20% of veterans suffer from the disorder.
Researchers have found yet another reason why people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) should get tested and treated for the disease. According to a recent study published in the journal SLEEP, patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea syndrome demonstrated reduced brain gray matter concentration. "Gray matter" refers to the cerebral cortex, where most information processing in the brain takes place.
Researchers at the University of Chicago recently found that if someone has Type 2 diabetes, it is likely that this condition could worsen if they also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the researchers, obstructive sleep apnea adversely affects glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes and is often undiagnosed.