Sleep apnea when left untreated can lead to increased metabolic and cardiovascular stress.
According to findings, published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, when left untreated even for days can increase blood sugar and fat levels, stress hormones and blood pressure.
“This is one of the first studies to show real-time effects of sleep apnea on metabolism during the night,” says Jonathan Jun, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the paper’s senior author.
Journal Reference :
1. Swati Chopra, Aman Rathore, Haris Younas, Luu V. Pham, Chenjuan Gu, Aleksandra Beselman, Il-Young Kim, Robert R. Wolfe, Jamie Perin, Vsevolod Y. Polotsky, Jonathan C. Jun. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dynamically Increases Nocturnal Plasma Free Fatty Acids, Glucose, and Cortisol during Sleep. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism , 2017; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2017-00619