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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Osteoporosis – Does OSA Elevates the Chances of Osteoporosis?



According to a latest research printed in the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism” of the Endocrine Society, the presence of obstructive sleep apnea increases the chances of osteoporosis, especially in the grown-up people and women.


In the condition of sleep apnea, the breathing stops for short periods of time. The most frequent kind of apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea. It takes place, whenever air passage is obstructed due to some hindrance while sleeping at night. If it is not treated, the chances of heart attacks, cardiovascular diseases and stroke are elevated.


One of the authors of the latest research Mr. Kai Jen Tien, who is an MD in the “Chi Mei Medical Center” in Taiwan, said that continuous disturbances in the sleep because of obstruction in the airways can damage several system of the body, together with the system of skeleton.

As the obstructive sleep apnea every so often leaves the body without O2, as a result becomes of cause of weakening of the bones and chances of osteoporosis are increased. The continuous condition can bring about low life’s quality, high medical expenses, fractures of bones and even death.

The demonstrative group research carried out by Mr. Kai Jen Tien and team followed cure of 1377 obstructive sleep apnea patients (records taken from Taiwan’s Single payer “National Health Insurance Program”) during the years 2000-2008.

Throughout the period of upcoming 6 years, the research scientists matched up to the pace of developing osteoporosis in the 1377 people suffering from OSA and other 20655 people with no sleep disturbance of around the same gender and age.


The research scientists discovered that the rate of osteoporosis was on the higher side by 2.7% among OSA sufferers, as compared to other 20655 people, without any sleep condition, after taking into consideration, their ages, genders, other medicinal issues, monthly incomes and geographic locations. It was found that older people and women were more inclined of growing-up conditions related to bones.


Dr. Kai said that medical personals and patients both are required to be conscious of the increased chances of growing other medical conditions as well, because people are being detected with OSA to a greater extent all around the world on a regular basis.  And therefore, we also require to further focus on the connection between bone healthiness and obstructive sleep apnea, so that we can devise plans to overcome osteoporosis.



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