Snoring linked to worse cancer outcomes in new research
For people who snore, there may be more to be concerned about then keeping the family up.
Sleep apnea causes a sufferer to have problems breathing while they’re asleep. Patients suffer with either gasping and wheezing or short, shallow breathing while they sleep. Some go for long seconds or sometimes minutes not breathing.
The body must have oxygen all hours of the day and night, and when a person sleeps, the autonomic nervous system tends to regulate breathing. However, when denied a certain amount of oxygen, it can cause heavy snoring, daytime fatigue, heart problems and liver problems.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of this disease, usually occurring with people who have little muscle tone – middle-aged and older. However, it can also occur in people who are out of shape or overweight/obese. It causes their breathing tube to narrow, restricting how much air flows into the body.
According to a new study, a link has been established between sleep apnea and worse cancer outcomes. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring and where the sufferers has breaths shallow or has more pausing in their breathing patterns.
The study concentrated on mice, and the results were showcased during the Annual Congress of the European Association of Urology in Munich.
The connection is thought to be the result of hypoxia, when an organ or tissue isn’t getting enough oxygen and is a result of apnea. Cases of high blood pressure and strokes have also been linked sleep apnea.
Dr. Antoni Vilaseca, with the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and lead researcher, said patients who suffer with obstructive sleep apnea tend to also suffer with recurrent hypoxia. According to the study, irregular hypoxia can lead to the creating blood vessels inside tumors, giving them more nutrients.