53% of Sleep Apnea suspects are also known to have Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

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53% of Sleep Apnea suspects are also known to have Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

First time study conducted by Philips Healthcare India and Blue Caterpillar to mark World Sleep Day

Visiting bathroom at night? Feeling restless, weary during the day? Are these just the symptoms of diabetes or high blood pressure? Think again, because an underlying life-threatening condition, Sleep Apnea is also a known cause for these. Moreover, as high as 55% of high blood pressure patients and 46% of diabetes patients are sleep apnea suspects, which has severe consequences if not treated. In fact, with snoring as one of the major symptoms, untreated sleep apnea can result in cardiac arrest, neurological disorders or motor accidents due to excessive sleepiness. These shocking scores were published as an outcome of a first, India specific study conducted by Philips and Blue Caterpillars Market Research.

As experts have specified earlier, this survey further establishes the correlation that sleep apnea is likely to lead to serious health issues such as increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cardiac problems amongst others. The Joint National Committee on High Blood Pressure (JNC-VII) has listed sleep apnea as an important cause of secondary hypertension- resulting in kidney failure. On the other hand, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recommends screening every diabetes patient for sleep apnea.

Hence, on the occasion of the World Sleep Day , Philips Healthcare India along with few hospitals have organised for Free Sleep Apnea screening across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai from March 18th- 5th April, 2016, because sleep apnea has proven to be fatal, especially for people already suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure.

This study showcased that more than 53% of sleep apnea suspects are already suffering from either diabetes or high BP and this is significantly higher when compared with the non-suspects group where the prevalence was only 21%.Furthermore, the study revealed that 14% of suspects suffer from cardiac problems against only 6% in the non-suspects group. Also, 84% of the suspects confessed, to people getting troubled because of their heavy snoring.

So what is Sleep Apnea (or Sleep Apnoea)? For people who are not aware it is a condition where a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep for several seconds, multiple times a night. As a result, the oxygen supply in the blood and subsequently to the brain declines. This can lead to a disruption of normal bodily functions and pave the way for serious and life threatening conditions. For someone who exhibits symptoms like snoring, morning headaches, and excessive sleepiness during the day and continual fatigue, chances are high that he/she is suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea not only degrades the quality of life but can also prove to be terminal as it can aggravate conditions such as heart attacks.

However, the good news is that Sleep Apnea is a treatable condition; options for treatment include lifestyle modifications, regular exercise, oral appliances, CPAP therapy and surgery. And the treatment is more so important for people who are already diabetics, or suffer from high blood pressure or have cardiac problems.

Therefore, if anyone thinks is suffering from Sleep Apnea, should kindly visit a Sleep Physician immediately in their city for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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