Untreated Sleep Apnea Risks

Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening disorder.

  • If treated, you can live a healthy, active life.
  • If untreated, you have a higher chance of serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

High blood pressure

  • 1 in 3 people with high blood pressure also has sleep apnea.
    • In patients who take multiple medications to control their blood pressure, that number is much higher.
  • Treating sleep apnea may help lower your blood pressure and benefit your heart.

Heart disease

  • Sleep apnea may place a patient at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • CPAP therapy is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease.

For more detailed information about the effects of untreated sleep apnea on heart disease and sleep, click here.


  • More than 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Studies show that sleep apnea may affect the body’s ability to use glucose and insulin.

For more detailed information on diabetes and sleep, click here.


Treating sleep apnea may help you in your efforts to reach a healthy weight.

  • Exercise is important in controlling your weight, but when you’re tired you have less energy to exercise.
  • Treating sleep apnea has been shown to improve a person’s overall quality of life and increase energy throughout the day.
  • The increased energy from treating sleep apnea may help you exercise, which can lead to weight loss.