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.

Diabetes

  • 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.

Obesity/overweight

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.