If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), how likely are you to have other diseases too? A recent study of 100 patients with mild, moderate, or severe OSA looked at this question.1 Overall, the patients had the following diseases in addition to OSA:
- 32% were obese
- 39% had high blood pressure
- 19% were depressed
- 18% had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- 15% had diabetes
- 10% had high cholesterol
- 4% had asthma
Except for depression, the percentage of patients with these diseases was lowest in patients with mild OSA and highest in patients with severe OSA. Other diseases have also been shown to go hand-in-hand with OSA, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure.
It is important to tell your dentist or doctor is you think you have OSA in order to successfully treat diseases associated with OSA.
1. Pinto JA, Ribeiro DK, da Silva Cavallini AF, et al. Comorbidities associated with obstructive sleep apnea: A retrospective study. Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2016; 20:145-150.
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