Virtually anyone can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, whether they’re male, female, young or old. That said, some people are more prone to developing this serious condition. We already know that obesity increases a person’s risk for OSA. Now, a new study suggests that having asthma can also increase a person’s risk.
The 5-year Effect
A study out of the University of Wisconsin has unveiled a strong association between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea. Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), the research was based on data from a 1988 National Institutes of Health (NIH) study which included 1,500 subjects. Ultimately, researchers found that asthmatic participants were 1.7 times more likely to develop OSA after eight years. Things were even worse for people who had asthma during childhood, with these subjects experiencing 2.3 times more risk compared to people without asthma.
According to researchers, the longer a person has asthma, the greater their chances of developing OSA; in fact, they estimated that a person’s risk increased by 10 percent for every five years they lived with asthma.
Are You at Risk?
According to this new study, if you have or have had asthma, you are at an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea. With that being said, just about anyone can develop OSA; and many live with their affliction unknowingly.
If you snore, wake frequently, experience daytime fatigue or have trouble breathing at night; you could have OSA. If you do, you need a reliable treatment that will allow you to breathe clearly while you sleep.
Studies have linked OSA to some very disturbing health problems. To preserve your health and improve the quality of your life, contact Dr. Roubal to learn about a simple remedy that will manage your sleep apnea and alleviate the damage done to your body.