to a study, individuals with Sleep apnea have double the risk of
Sleep apnea is a sleep - related
disorder that is characterized by heavy snoring and cessation
of breathing while sleeping. It is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes,
day time fatigue, high blood pressure and now cancer.
Individuals with sleep apnea are advised
treatment, as maintaining a proper level of oxygen while sleeping
reduces the risk of related illnesses.
A study conducted revealed that sleep apnea
patients with high levels oxygen deprivation carried the biggest risk.
Middle aged and overweight individuals are prone to sleep apnea.
In individuals who undergo
sleep deprivation - muscles of the airways collapse while the person is
asleep, and this causes cessation of breathing. It takes
approximately 10 seconds or more before brain signals can - prompt the
muscles to work again.
In a recent study, Spanish
researchers evaluated more than 5,600 patients from seven sleep clinics.
The patients, none of whom had cancer when the study began, were under
observation for seven years.
Scientists observed the time and duration
of the drop in oxygen in the person's blood to below 90%, while they
Research revealed that chances of a person
getting diagnosed for cancer during the study were enhanced when hypoxemia
(oxygen depletion) levels were greater. The risk was directly proportional to
the time spent without oxygen, according to Miguel Angel Martinez-Garcia, of La
Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital, Valencia, Spain.
Those who spent 14 percent of their sleep with
oxygen saturation levels below 90 percent faced twice the risk of deadly
cancer than those without sleep apnea.
The results of this study were
presented at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Vienna, Austria.