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WOMEN, SLEEP, DEMENTIA

ARE OLDER WOMEN MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SLEEP APNEA AND DEMENTIA RISK THAN MEN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Sleep apnea raises the risk of many diseases and overall mortality. Now new research reveals that women may suffer a more rapid decline into dementia as a result of the condition. Seva Polotsky, a sleep apnea expert at Johns Hopkins, says he isn't sure why.

POLOTSKY: There is a multilayer complexity here because previous studies actually have shown that men may be more susceptible to the effects of the disease for example, effect of apnea on mortality is especially pronounced in men under the age of 65 so the question is what are we dealing with here? Whether it's a survival bias because we deal with older women who survived apnea and not too many men survived apnea by this age. :27

So it could be that if you survive long enough with sleep apnea it worsens dementia, which suggests that intervention is a good idea for all ages. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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