Each year we learn more and more about sleep apnea and how it impacts a person’s health. A new study published in the European Respiratory Journal observed patients with obstructive sleep apnea who used continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. What they found was that treating sleep apnea can help slow down epigenetic age acceleration.
What the research shows
This study showed that obstructive sleep apnea is a driver of accelerated aging. However, it also showed that when treatment of sleep apnea occurs, it can help eliminate or reverse this aging process.
We know that sleep apnea is already associated with a higher risk of many life-threatening conditions. Those often include hypertension, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Beyond that now is that sleep apnea can also speed up the body’s aging process, which is something we all seem to try to avoid or slow down.
With this new research, what is holding you back from getting treatment for sleep apnea? Now is the time to act before your condition worsens and leads to further difficulties. Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on what treatment options are available for you.