The Surprise Risk Factor In Sleep Apnea? Your Ethnicity

October 3, 2016 5:25 PM

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The Surprise Risk Factor In Sleep Apnea? Your Ethnicity

Obstructive sleep apnea can have a notable impact on brain health. In reducing the quantity of oxygen the brain receives during sleep, sleep apnea can cut down on the amount of nourishing “deep sleep” a person gets each night, something that can impair memory and increase the chances of depression. People who are overweight have a greater chance of developing sleep apnea, but there’s another, perhaps surprising risk factor at work as well ― your ethnicity.

In the U.S., the number-one risk factor for sleep apnea is an increase in body weight, but ethnicity may also play an important role. For example, it doesn’t take much weight gain for Asians to develop the same severity of sleep apnea compared to those of Caucasian descent. This is likely related to...

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