sleep apnea cholesterol

Your Cholesterol Goes up Because of This

Many people believe that snoring is a sign of deep sleep. In actuality, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes individuals to stop and start breathing while they sleep, which leads to disrupted sleep.

Sleep apnea can drastically raise your risk of premature death. The latest research findings also suggest that sleep apnea not only reduces your HDL cholesterol levels but can increase your LDL cholesterol levels.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg worked to investigate the association between sleep apnea and cholesterol by reviewing medical data of nearly 8,600 patients. The patients had no history of high cholesterol, but many patients had high cholesterol unknowingly.

The researchers considered other factors such as abdominal obesity and body mass index.

Dr. Ludger Grote explained, “Our data clearly suggest that sleep apnea may have a negative impact on lipid levels, which may in part explain the association between sleep apnea and increased risk for cardiovascular disease.”

It is still unclear as to how or why sleep apnea contributes to high cholesterol, but the research does raise awareness of an association between the two, which doctors should consider when dealing with sleep apnea patients.

You may not know that you have sleep apnea, but some symptoms include snoring, jaw pain, headache, and feelings of tiredness regardless of how long you slept. Sleep apnea is most common among men, in those of older age, those with high blood pressure, and overweight individuals. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you can undergo a sleep test, where you will be monitored throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is treatable, along with high cholesterol, so being diagnosed can help you obtain treatment.

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Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.

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