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Health & Fitness This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

21:05  11 november  2017
21:05  11 november  2017 Source:   prima.co.uk

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This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease © Geber86 / Getty This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease People suffering from a common sleep disorder may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has shown.

A team from New York University School of Medicine has concluded that having obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in later life may put us at greater risk of developing the dreaded cognitive disease.

Described by the NHS website as a 'relatively common' condition, OSA causes the walls of the throat to relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.

Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, noisy and laboured breathing, and repeated short periods where breathing is interrupted by gasping or snorting. Some sufferers may also experience night sweats and may wake up to urinate more frequently at night.

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Problems with sleep . Trouble knowing where they are. Late stage Alzheimer ' s . Mutations in the TREM2 gene have been associated with a 3 to 5 times higher risk of developing Alzheimer ' s disease .[50][51] A suggested mechanism of action is that when TREM2 is mutated, white blood cells

“At this point, we can ’t say whether improving sleep will reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer ’ s . “All we can really say is that bad sleep increases levels of some proteins that are associated with Alzheimer ’ s disease .

In the study of over 200 participants aged 55-90 with 'normal' cognition, the team found that volunteers who suffered from OSA had higher levels of plaque-building peptides associated with Alzheimer's disease.

'Results from this study, and the growing literature suggesting that OSA, cognitive decline and AD [Alzheimer's disease] are related, may mean that age tips the known consequences of OSA from sleepiness, cardiovascular, and metabolic dysfunction to brain impairment,' said study author Dr Ricardo S.Osario in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

'If this is the case, then the potential benefit of developing better screening tools to diagnose OSA in the elderly who are often asymptomatic is enormous.'

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Not getting enough sleep could increase your risk of dementia. However, the people who reported not sleeping well, having sleep problems , or feeling sleepy during the day had more biomarkers of Alzheimer ' s disease in their cerebrospinal fluid.

According to the Alzheimer ’ s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer ’ s disease by up to 50 percent. What’s more, exercise can also slow further deterioration in those who have already started to develop cognitive problems .

If you're concerned that you may be suffering from OSA, the good news is that the condition is treatable.

According to the NHS website, treatment options can include lifestyle changes, including losing weight, and the use of special devices to prevent the airways from closing during sleep.

If you're concerned about OSA or your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, speak to your GP.

Related: Sleep Apnea Sufferers More Likely To Use CPAP After Watching Video Of Themselves (Provided by Wochit News)

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