New York Study Suggests Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of a Person Developing Alzheimer’s

New York Study Suggests Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of a Person Developing Alzheimer’s
New York researchers have found a link between sleep apnea and high levels of the amyloid protein that is associated with Alzheimer's disease. The connection indicates that doctors should check for sleep apnea in older people who display no Alzheimer's symptoms, the team said. The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, dealt with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, the form of the disorder that causes a person's breathing to become shallow or to stop while they are asleep. The title of the study is "Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity Affects Amyloid Burden in Cognitively Normal Elderly: A Longitudinal Study." "Several studies have suggested that sleep disturbances might contribute to amyloid deposits and accelerate cognitive decline in those at risk" for Alzheimer's, Dr. Ricardo S. Osorio an assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, said in a press release. "However, so far it has been challenging to verify causality for these associations" obstructive sleep apnea and Alzheimer's "share risk factors and commonly co-exist," said Osorio, the senior author of the study. The researchers checked 208 healthy people aged 55 to 90 with normal cognition for sleep apnea. The team also measured amyloid beta levels in participants' cerebrospinal fluid. And they used position emission tomography scans to measure amyloid beta clumping in participants' brains. More than half of the participants had obstructive sleep apnea, the researchers discovere
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