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Sleep Apnea Linked to 'Alzheimer-Like' Changes in the Brain

Sleep apnea is scary. It may seem like just an annoying sleep habit that often shows up as snoring, but it can be incredibly dangerous and cause other health conditions which can even result in death in the most serious cases. It's not something to be taken likely in children or adults and now researchers in France have found another concerning marker in the brains of patients with sleep apnea.

Researchers have long believed there is a connection between breathing disorders such as sleep apnea and a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, but have not yet been able to pinpoint all of the specifics. A new study out of France has made some startling discoveries about changes in the brain that could provide more answers.

127 men and women over 65 with no symptoms of memory loss were broken into two categories: those with sleep disordered breathing and those without. To determine this, researchers sent participants home with devices to monitor their breathing during sleep for more accurate determination of who truly struggled with breathing during sleep and who did not. They determined that 75% of the participants had symptoms of sleep disorder breathing and among them was a marked accumulation of amyloid protein in their brains which is a characteristics of Alzheimer's disease. They also found a greater volume of gray matter and increased neuronal activity in the regions of the brain often associated with Alzheimer's disease. Researchers noted that this study does not mean these patients will definitely develop Alzheimer's but it does show this means there is an increased risk for it.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that requires treatment. Dr. Buck is part of a team of doctors consisting of sleepp physicians, sleep techs, sleep centers, ENT physicians and pulmonologist who all combine their expertise where needed and is highly focused on dental sleep medicine to help his patients sleep and breath better. When the jaw is underdeveloped, there simply is not enough room for the tongue to sit comfortably during sleep without restricting the airway. Dr. Buck takes a comprehensive approach to treatment using jaw growth techniques and oral appliance therapy. To find out more, call his office today at 425-361-0741.

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