Sleep Apnea Linked To Alzheimer's In New Study

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Thu, 08/10/2017

Fresno sleep apnea dentistIt's long been understood that Fresno-area residents who are suffering from sleep apnea need to seek treatment as soon as possible. It's a serious condition, and treating it is absolutely crucial if you are to return to restful, restorative sleep and avoid the significant health problems associated with sleep apnea.

And now, there's another consideration to be aware of: a new study has found a link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer's.

You can read more details of the study in this Washington Post story. But some of the details are truly fascinating. Three studies, conducted by researchers at Wheaton College in Illinois, found that those suffering from sleep apnea saw significant increases in a certain kind of biomarker associated with Alzheimer's.

Researchers speculate that, since the brain clears up these deposits during sleep, a loss of sleep can prevent the brain from fully recovering, increasing an individual's vulnerability to Alzheimer's.

Any initial studies of this sort should be considered preliminary, and there are still a lot of questions about the nature of these links. However, these findings are important and interesting, and they speak to the importance of addressing your sleep apnea as soon as possible.

Dr. Miyake can diagnose your sleep apnea and help you find the best possible long-term solution.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and you need to find treatment for your sleep apnea condition, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103.