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Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

 6 months ago       113 Views

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is a widespread sleep condition among people in the United States.

A person with this condition will stop and start breathing repeatedly during sleep. This may cause them to wake up and will affect the quality of their rest.

One subtype of this condition — obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — involves obstruction of the airways as a person sleeps. This is caused by the abnormal relaxation of throat muscles.

Studies show that the number of people receiving a diagnosis of OSA is on the rise. This is a worrying trend since this condition can increase a person's risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), cognitive decline, stroke, and chronic fatigue, among other health problems. Moreover, some research suggests that elements of OSA may promote mechanisms that can increase a person's risk of cancer.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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