Heavy snorers are at an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, finds a study.
Researchers in Taiwan found patients diagnosed with the snoring-related condition sleep apnea were nearly twice as likely to suffer the joint-damaging disease, Daily Mail reported Thursday.
Scientists believe chronic sleep apnea can lead to inflammation in blood vessels in the body, which may act as a catalyst for arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis was previously thought to be triggered when something goes wrong with the immune system.
In Britain, three million people suffer from sleep apnea, though many more may remain undiagnosed.