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Sleep Apnea Mortalities

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I read something today and it seemed rather interesting, perhaps even pertinent to some recent discussions in this forum, but then I fried my last few neurons, so I thought I would link the study here and see if someone could simplify it for me or at least comment on it.

Mortality in Sleep Apnea Patients: A Multivariate Analysis of Risk Factors

You'll need to read the PDF.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I hadn't realized how old that study was.

I suppose it is still relevant but I wonder if there are more recent studies of a similar scale that are as detailed and circumspect.

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Patron

The key point in the study seems to be.

"These results were interpreted to suggest that SAS [sleep apnea syndrome] affects death ' indirectly, most probably by being a risk factor for hypertension."

An interesting study would be to determine if CPAP reduces this risk or not. From what I could see, CPAP treatment was not used in this study.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · 17 days ago Original Poster Sleep Enthusiast

I have to be in the right place to understand a study like the one linked above and I find it harder and harder to get to that place nowadays.

It seems to me that there can be no reliable studies into the long-term benefits of CPAP.

At the moment any study in this field is like studying Cartier watch owners and concluding that they live longer and remain mobile and functional well beyond most people who don't have Cartier watches therefore Cartier watches must be therapeutic and prevent many fatal illnesses.

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Undoubtedly if we all had Cartier watches we would also enjoy some of those health benefits but do these watches cure diseases or would we need to sell them to raise the funds for the associated lifestyle and the additional health services and interventions that are part of that lifestyle?

What I would like to see is studies of the non-compliant and those with full health benefits or money who refused to have or use a CPAP but even then there would be issues with motivation and personality and life choices because the reasons for rejecting CPAP would likely affect other medical and lifestyle choices.

Then there is the issue that you can't study anything without having an impact on the subjects of your study ............. :(

I do want to get back to the above mortality study one day when I can find a few spare neurons because it seemed to me to be both thorough and cautious and especially because it hinted at significant differences between Apnea groups.

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