The researchers were very careful to make allowances for certain other factors, such as the patients' body mass index (BMI) and levels of abdominal obesity. The team revealed that the more severe a person's OSA was, the higher their bad cholesterol levels tend to be.
According to Dr. Grote, "our data clearly suggest that sleep apnea may have a negative impact on lipid levels, which may in part explain the association between sleep apnea and increased risk for cardiovascular disease.”
The scientific community is still in the dark about why exactly OSA creates a climate for bad cholesterol levels to rise, which is why further research is clearly required. However, Dr. Grote still stresses that doctors should be aware of this link when treating sufferers of OSA.
If you think that you may be an OSA sufferer, make sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible, and ensure that they check your cholesterol levels too while you're there. Don't just ignore the problems since some forms of OSA are far more treatable than others.
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