According to a recent study posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who are 65 years and older with no pre-existing cognitive disabilities. The study was conducted on 298 women who were 65 years or older and out of the total number. When the study concluded after 5 years, 32.5% of the women developed dementia, and patients with sleep apnea were found to be at a significantly higher risk (44.8%) of suffering from dementia.
The study comes after years and years of studies that have proven the many health risks associated with being diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is well known for causing fatigue, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, a lack of concentration, cardiovascular health problems, and even a shortened lifespan. Now researches are looking to add dementia to the long list of risks associated with sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Remains Critical
With an early diagnosis and effective treatment, sleep apneics may be able to completely avoid being diagnosed with dementia and other co-morbidities that can accompany sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is a highly trusted and proven treatment type for sleep apnea. If you’re interested in oral appliance therapy, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Siegel’s office.