Long-Term Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
If you have sleep apnea and have yet to seek sleep apnea treatment in Wilmington, North Carolina, you may have a difficult road ahead regarding your health. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, several studies have shown an association between sleep apnea and problems like:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heat attack and other cardiovascular problems
- Shortened life span
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Kidney damage (renal failure)
According to medical professionals, obesity is very common in sleep apnea patients, and obesity greatly increases the risks of diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Simply put, most obese people have sleep apnea, and many people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea are obese.
However, that certainly does not mean that physically fit people cannot have OSA. There are a lot of factors to consider when diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and for this reason, a person must have a sleep study to get an “official” diagnosis of OSA.
People with sleep apnea are also more prone to car accidents and workplace accidents due to their constant sleep deprivation. Sadly, untreated sleep apnea has contributed to higher numbers of suicide because poor quality sleep that occurs over years and even decades takes a physical, mental, emotional, and psychological toll on the person suffering from this complex sleep disorder.