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Attention snorers: You're at high risk of developing Alzheimer's and other memory problems!

by , 15 May 2015

Do you suffer from breathing problems during your sleep? Does your wife regularly complain about how much you snore at night?

If so, you might be at an increased risk of cognitive decline - including Alzheimer's.

Why?

Because breathing problems during your sleep - such as heavy snoring and sleep apnea - are associated with earlier decline in memory and thinking skills according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Neurology.

Keep reading for more information on what the new study found.

Sleep-breathing problems like sleep apnea and snoring linked to cognitive decline
 

Before I frighten you, let me present you with the good news: Dr Ricardo Osorio of the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York says that treating these abnormal breathing patterns with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) can delay cognitive decline if you’re a snorer or suffer from sleep apnea.
 
Millions of people around the world suffer from sleep apnea. The condition has to do with pauses in breathing while sleep. Snoring, on the other hand, is even more common. And according to the new study, roughly 50% of snorers have sleep apnea.
 
Researchers explain that sleep apnea and snoring are more common as we age. According to Dr Osorio, breathing problems as such affect around 52% of elderly men and 26% of elderly women.
 
For their study, researchers set out to see whether breathing problems during sleep can be associated with cognitive decline – another thing that becomes more common as you age.
 
The team analysed medical histories of 2,470 people between the ages of 55 and 90. They then divided them into three groups: Those with Alzheimer’s disease, those with mild cognitive impairment (MC), and those without any memory or thinking problems.
 
Next, researchers assessed the presence of any breathing problems during sleep among the participants. They also look at whether the subjects were receiving treatment for these problems.
 
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Researchers found a significant association between people with sleep-breathing problems and early cognitive decline!

 
In detail: They found that participants with sleep-breathing problems would develop MCI at an average age of 77, while those without such problems would develop MCI at an average age of 90. 
 
They also found that participants with sleep-breathing problems were likely to develop Alzheimer’s at an average age of 83, while those without such problems were likely to develop Alzheimer’s five years later at an average age of 88. 
 

But CPAP could delay cognitive decline
 

So back to the good news I mentioned at the beginning of this article…
 
Researchers found that treatment with CPAP (a mask worn over the nose during sleep that supplies a continuous stream of pressurised air into the user’s throat) could possibly reverse sleep-breathing problems and earlier cognitive decline.
 
Researchers diagnosed participants who treated their sleep-breathing problems with CPAP with MCI an average of 10 years later than those who didn’t receive any treatment.
 
Dr Osorio comments on the findings: “The age of onset of MCI for people whose breathing problems were treated was almost identical to that of people who didn’t have any breathing problems at all.”
 
Considering so many adults have sleep-breathing problems, these results are exciting! Researchers say they’ll be investigating further to find out if CPAP can be an effective form of preventing cognitive decline.
 
Editor’s note: Sleep-breathing problems are only one possible cause of memory problems. Want to find out about the others and how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most fatal forms of dementia? In our August issue of the Natural Health Dossier, we reveal a safe, inexpensive and powerful remedy for this frightening condition. To access this issue and our entire archive, join Natural Health Dossier today. It takes just a few minutes.

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