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Sleep Apnea Affects Women Post Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:47 am 
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As like the recent studies which says men too can have breast cancer, another study says, women too suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. It may occurs hundreds of times a night.

A report in the Huffington Post says, the lack of awareness in the medical community about the impact of OSA on women is partly rooted in gender bias and partly due to sex differences of the symptoms

Based on a study, the report said OSA affects only half as many women as men, about 6 percent of women suffer from this condition.

Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, episodes of gasping for air, excessive daytime sleepiness and waking up tired from sleep.

In Women symptoms of OSA are insomnia, depression and fatigue rather than the textbook symptoms of the disorder.

A man's risk of contracting OSA increases linearly with his age, but a woman's risk is relatively low until menopause and then sharply increases to reach that of similarly aged men.

It may occurs to pregnant women and women with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) too.

PCOS is a reproductive hormonal disorder characterized by higher than normal testosterone levels and problems with fertility.

In the case of pregnant women, untreated OSA increases the risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

However, all the previous studies are focused on men only because male tend to develop OSA earlier than female.

 
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