Might you have the metabolic syndrome? And, is sleep apnea to blame?
- on September 11, 2022
- Categories: Sleep & Health
The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions occurring together which increases your risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Typically, your physician may start to say that you are "borderline" or "pre-" these conditions; that is, borderline hyperglycemic or pre-diabetic. It's a clue that you may have the metabolic syndrome when your healthcare provider starts to use such terminology.
Did you know that untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an independent risk factor for the metabolic syndrome?
Treatment with CPAP may affect the component factors of the metabolic syndrome. Studies are ongoing.
Treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP may further improve:
Sudden cardiac death
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Gaines, Jordan, et al. "Obstructive sleep apnea and the metabolic syndrome: the road to clinically-meaningful phenotyping, improved prognosis, and personalized treatment." Sleep medicine reviews 42 (2018): 211-219.
Kareem, Ozaifa, Masood Tanvir, and G. N. Bader. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Metabolic Syndrome." Sleep and Vigilance (2022): 1-15.