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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on new research from Europe showing that women have much higher rates of sleep apnea, a common breathing issue, than previously thought.

DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study Showing Women Are at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Too

DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study Showing Women Are at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Too

Sleep apnea is mostly considered a disorder that men suffer. But, in a study published in the European Respiratory Journal, researchers found that women who were obese and/or had high blood pressure were more likely to experience it.

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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on new research from Europe showing that women have much higher rates of sleep apnea, a common breathing issue, than previously thought.

Sleep apnea is mostly considered a disorder that men suffer. But, in a study published in the European Respiratory Journal, researchers found that women who were obese and/or had high blood pressure were more likely to experience it.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/womens-health/why-women-are-at-risk-for-this-disease-too), having “obstructive sleep apnea” means that when sleeping, a person has pauses in their breathing of which they’re usually unaware. The length and regularity of these pauses will show how serious the condition is. The only sure method of diagnosing it lies with a sleep clinic appointment. Sleep apnea increases with age, and is overall more prevalent in men than in women.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Why Women Are at Risk for This Disease, Too,” reports the new research turned the focus to women to try and assess how frequent it was, and what risk factors contributed to the condition. It included 400 women from a random sample of 10,000 women between the ages of 20 and 70. A questionnaire and sleep exam followed.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also notes a surprising 50% of the women studied had diagnosable sleep apnea. And there were clear indications of who faced the highest risk. There were links between age, obesity, and hypertension, as 80% of women with high blood pressure and 84% of obese women were shown to suffer from sleep apnea.

Severe sleep apnea, which is very dangerous to the body, was seen in nearly one-third of obese women aged 55–70. The researchers reported that this was all a very surprising finding, and completely eviscerates the notion that sleep apnea is a male problem.

Some symptoms that may suggest sleep apnea are excessive daytime sleepiness, very loud snoring, and signs (most noticed by another person) that breathing stops in the night, waking up abruptly, feeling short of breath, a morning headache, trouble staying asleep, trouble paying attention during the day, and waking up in the morning with a sore throat or dry mouth.

(SOURCE: Franklin, K.A., et al., “Sleep apnea is a common occurrence in women,” European Respiratory Journal. 2012: DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00212712.)

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The Doctors Health Press believes in the healing properties of various alternative remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medicine. To see a video outlining the Doctors Health Press' views on Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/chinesemedicine.

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