Health & Fitness This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

21:05  11 november  2017
21:05  11 november  2017 Source:   Prima (UK)

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“At this point, we can ’t say whether improving sleep will reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer ’ s . “All we can really say is that bad sleep increases levels of some proteins that are associated with Alzheimer ’ s disease .

A 2013 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that a lack of sleep can both be a cause of Alzheimer ’ s disease and impact the speed of the disease ’s progression. Alternately, researchers also found that more than nine hours of sleep increased risks as well, suggesting that

This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease © Geber86 / Getty This one sleep problem could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease People suffering from a common sleep disorder may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has shown.

A team from New York University School of Medicine has concluded that having obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in later life may put us at greater risk of developing the dreaded cognitive disease.

Described by the NHS website as a 'relatively common' condition, OSA causes the walls of the throat to relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.

Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, noisy and laboured breathing, and repeated short periods where breathing is interrupted by gasping or snorting. Some sufferers may also experience night sweats and may wake up to urinate more frequently at night.

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Now, scientists have shown that a lack of shut eye can also have a negative impact on your brain, increasing your risk of developing Alzheimer ’ s One in three Americans do not get enough sleep which, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers to be a public health problem .

of interrupted sleep causes an increase in brain proteins associated with Alzheimer ' s disease . "The main concern is people who have chronic sleep problems ," said Ju. " I think that may lead to "At this point, we can 't say whether improving sleep will reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer ' s .

In the study of over 200 participants aged 55-90 with 'normal' cognition, the team found that volunteers who suffered from OSA had higher levels of plaque-building peptides associated with Alzheimer's disease.

'Results from this study, and the growing literature suggesting that OSA, cognitive decline and AD [Alzheimer's disease] are related, may mean that age tips the known consequences of OSA from sleepiness, cardiovascular, and metabolic dysfunction to brain impairment,' said study author Dr Ricardo S.Osario in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

'If this is the case, then the potential benefit of developing better screening tools to diagnose OSA in the elderly who are often asymptomatic is enormous.'

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3. Having certain combination of genes for proteins that appear to be abnormal in Alzheimer ' s disease also increases your risk . Early onset disease can run in families. Several genes have been identified. 2. Late onset AD, the most common form of the disease , develops in people age 60 and

Research reveals that your risk of developing Alzheimer ’ s disease can be reduced by 50% with regular exercise. Exercise also helps slow down deterioration when you have already begun developing cognitive problems .

If you're concerned that you may be suffering from OSA, the good news is that the condition is treatable.

According to the NHS website, treatment options can include lifestyle changes, including losing weight, and the use of special devices to prevent the airways from closing during sleep.

If you're concerned about OSA or your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, speak to your GP.

Related: Sleep Apnea Sufferers More Likely To Use CPAP After Watching Video Of Themselves (Provided by Wochit News)

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