Sleep apnoea linked to increased cancer risk

In the UK it is estimated that around 4 per cent of middle-aged men and 2 of middle-aged women suffer with sleep apnoea and more than 18 million Americans suffer with the same condition — where you actually stop breathing intermittently during sleep. And we’ve known for years that it can cause memory loss, diabetes, and even depression.

If you’re still not taking your sleep apnoea seriously, Wisconsin researchers are sounding an urgent alarm you need to hear.

They’re warning that sleep apnoea could send your cancer risk through the roof.

According to a study out of the University of Wisconsin, if you’re alternating between heaving snoring and stopping breathing, you’re FIVE TIMES more likely to die from cancer than the guy next door who gets a full night’s worth of uninterrupted sleep.

Even when the researchers removed other risk factors like age, sex, weight, smoking and more, the presence of severe apnoea still drastically increased chances of dying from cancer.

Believe it or not, this isn’t terribly surprising. Previous studies have shown that repeated breaks in oxygen supply can actually promote tumour growth in animals.

Now, rolling over on your side might stop you from snoring until you end up flat on your back again.

But there’s something you can do while you’re awake that could help keep your apnoea in check: lose weight.

Sleep apnoea is a disorder commonly associated with obesity. And shifting to a Paleo diet – which is low in carbohydrates and high on natural proteins, fruits, and vegetables – is the best way I know to shed pounds.

If your sleep apnoea is a bit more severe, you may need to see a sleep disorder specialist, who’ll probably set you up with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine – a kind of sleeping scuba mask that forces oxygen down your pipes and keeps you breathing regularly throughout the night.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Sleep Apnoea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer, med.wisc.edu/news-events/

Sleep Apnoea: Treatments and drugs, mayoclinic.org

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  1. I know I have this because my partner always tells me how freaked out he gets when I stop breathing in my sleep. I think he stresses more about it than what I do… but now that there is this cancer risk, I think I have to do something about it.

  2. I think my husband has this. He often worries me when he stops breathing in his sleep. How can it be fixed?

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