Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Who is more at risk for sleep apnea young or old men?

If you have sleep apnea or know anything about it you know that it can be fatal. And you probably know the men have sleep apnea more than women. But now some are saying that young men are at greater risk than older men of dying from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, men, women and children of any age. While it is more likely to occur in overweight people it can also be found in thin folks who have certain facial characteristics. Most sleep apnea patients suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when there is blockage in the back of the throat due to excess tissue or an enlarged tongue. Central sleep apnea is when the brain stops sending messages to the muscles that control breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common than central sleep apnea.

According to an article in The News website, young men in their twenties have a higher risk than men who are older. There was a ten year study that showed men between 20 and 29 had a higher rate of mortality than in any other age group. The 30 to 39 group had a high mortality rate but as high as the first group and the 40 to 49 age group had a slightly less mortality rate than the 30 to 39 group. Whereas those over 50 didn’t have a high mortality risk at all, this is amazing! It seems that some people with sleep apnea develop a coping mechanism as they get older.

So if you are a young man with sleep apnea it would be worth your while to seek help immediately and even if you are older it’s still a good idea to control your sleep apnea.

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