According to a recently released study, reported by CNN and numerous other quality publications, a clear link has now been found between sleep apnea and cancer.
We've always known about the links between apnea and hypertension, acid reflux, metabolic retardation, ischemic heart disease, impotence and type 2 diabetes ... but this latest research present an even more compelling case for getting sleep apnea treated.
According to the study, which is about to be published in American Journal of Critical And Respiratory Care, people with severe sleep apnea were 4.8 times more likely to dies of cancer.
Studies have shown that the intermittent hypoxia (an inadequate supply of oxygen) that characterizes sleep apnea promotes angiogenesis--increased vascular growth--and tumor growth. These results suggest that sleep disordered breathing is also associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality in humans.
"This is really big news," says Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland who was not involved in the research. "It's the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association," he said. "Until disproven, it would be one more reason to get your apnea treated or to get it diagnosed if you think you might have it."
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