Sleep Tips by Dr. Andreas Prasadja, RPSGT // Snoring has similar effect to diabetes
KOMPAS.com - Recent research shows that people who snore during sleep might have blood vessels damage, which is similar to people who have diabetes. But it’s not merely snoring since its sound doesn’t affect health, but it is the shortness of breath during sleep or sleep apnea that comes with the snoring which is the problem. If sleep treatment is ignored, the effect on blood vessels is as worse as diabetes.
Shortness of breath during sleep or sleep apnea is one of the causes of numerous cardiovascular and blood vessels diseases. During the sound of snoring, the respiratory tract of people with sleep apnea can be closed several times and as a result, no air can be entered or exited the body system. Therefore, the oxygen in the body rises and sinks periodically.
The reduce of oxygen level and the increase of symphatical activities trigger chain reaction which leads to the decreasing of heart and blood vessels health. Increasing blood pressure is widely known as the result from sleep apnea.Yes, snoring is bad for human health.
Diabetes has been known as the high risk to cardiovascular and blood vessels diseases. Diabetes itself is now known to be directly related with snoring and sleep apnea. This research is to compare negative effects of snoring and diabetes, with heart and blood vessels health.
Researchers from Carol Davila University and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Rumania compared the condition of blood vessels from patients who snore and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea with people who have diabetes. Experts observe 20 patients with sleep apnea without diabetes. 20 patients with diabetes, and 20 healthy people as controlled subjects.
The measurement of intima media layer on carotid arteries is conducted by ultrasound. The layer of intima and media were measured by its thickness, whereas the thicker the layer means patients have higher risk to heart and blood vessels health problem and stroke.
As a result, the thickness of intima media from people with sleep apnea and people with diabetes has its similarity. The thickness of intima media from sleep apnea patients is 0.94 mm, diabetes patients is 0.89 mm, while the healthy subjects’ thickness measurement is only 0.64 mm. Other than that, the arteries from sleep apnea and diabetes patients are found stiffer than healthy people. This shows that there is a same reduced arteries function in both people with sleep apnea and with diabetes.
Endolethial function is also found as bad between the patients with sleep apnea and patients with diabetes.
The measurement of endolethial function was conducted to observe the ability/flexibility between wide and narrow arteries. The more flexible is the better. Sleep apnea patients’ flow dilates only by 7.7%. While patients with diabetes have similar result, which is 8.4%, healthy subjects’ result is 19%.
Patients with moderate and severe sleep apnea have stiffer arteries compared with controlled subjects. So are with the diabetes patients. Conclusion can be drawn from these results, that snoring patients with sleep apnea and diabetes patients are both have higher risk to suffer cardiovascular diseases.
This research shows that snoring can’t be just ignored. Snoring has the same risk with diabetes, which is prone to cardiovascular-blood vessel diseases. Sleep apnea treatment is necessary for health.
For that reason, if you ever find friends, or relatives who snore, do not just laugh at them. Warn them, and you can save their lives!