Only sort of! New research is coming out that links a fatty liver — a condition that frequently strikes those who are overweight or obese — with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by interrupted breathing or snoring during the night, and the severity can range from only a nuisance to deadly.
Studies conducted over the past year have shown that those with fatty livers have a greater than 50% chance of also having sleep apnea. Additionally, the fattier the liver, the more severe the apnea. One theory doctors have is that the loss of oxygen from sleep apnea increases chronic inflammation, worsening the liver.
Although this doesn’t seem like good news, there is a silver lining: Helping one problem tends to help the other. Thus, if you have a fatty liver or sleep apnea, try getting tested — you may have new ways of combating either disease.
Additionally, your sleep apnea might not be related to your liver at all! If this is the case, Dr. Michelle Yagoda is an expert ENT doctor who has treated hundreds of cases of sleep apnea. From allergies to a deviated septum, she will help you fix your breathing problems!
Sleep apnea causes a person’s throat to close periodically throughout the night, depriving his or her body of oxygen. Researchers have now discovered that the more severe a person’s breathing problems at night, the greater the likelihood of dying from cancer. This is a monumental finding!
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Forty million Americans suffer from chronic sleep deprivation each year. Now, researchers at BUSM have identifiedan important enzyme in the brain that regulates the wake-sleep cycle. This discovery could help lead to the development of more effective sleep aid medications.
If you have trouble sleeping, talk to Dr. Yagoda, as this could be a sign of a chronic condition like sleep apnea, and she can give you treatment options.
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Sometimes there is an easy fix to cure snoring, other times there is not.
If after you try home remedies for snoring and you are not better, call my office at 212. 434. 1210 to arrange for an evaluation and treatment plan.
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It is important to know what sleep apnea is and to find help to remedy it.
Here is a list of ways to help self diagnose sleeping apnea, but you should always seek out a health professional before coming to any conclusions.
Read more here: Being Alert to Sleep Apnea.
I deal with sleep apnea patients all the time. Call my office for more information: 212.434.1210.
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If knowledge is power, then reputable sources have the ultimate power! Next time you are reading to educate yourself for self-treatment, consider the source. Marketing materials, advertisements, and random on-line forums often provide partial information or even misinformation. Beware of the dangers that lurk! While a head strap to stop snoring might prevent oral breathing, it may also lead to an irregular heart rhythm (and possibly even death during sleep) if the oxygen inflow is restricted due to nasal obstruction. Read more about Snoring and Sleep Apnea.
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