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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Self-diagnosis, diabetes and silent strokes

  Like I’ve said before, sleep apnea news is all around us.
  A recent health supplement in The Oakland Press with ARA Content discussed an easy-to-remember acronym for determining if you may have sleep apnea — STOP.
  Snore - Do you snore loudly?
  Tired - Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the daytime?
  Observed - Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?
  Pressure - Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
  Time to call the doctor if you answered in the affirmative. Self-diagnosis is key since there is no blood test for apnea.
  In other news, a recent newsletter from the famed Mayo Clinic said sleep apnea is a risk factor for the development of diabetes. It cites a study presented to the Endocrine Society that exercise reduces the risk of death from both conditions.
  In fact, 15 years of fitness testing showed men who were the least fit had a 75 percent greater risk of death from apnea or diabetes than those who were most fit.
  Finally, a new study links sleep apnea to “silent strokes,” which damage the brain without symptoms, according to a report today from Yahoo News and Good Morning America.
  Click here to read more.


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