Obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, daytime sleepiness, and other symptoms, is strongly associated with abnormal cholesterol levels, according to a study published in Respirology.
Results of this study, conducted by researchers at Gothenburg University in Sweden, suggest that people with severe sleep apnea are at increased risk for having higher total cholesterol, higher LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol. The study involved 8,592 European adults who didn’t have a prior diagnosis of high cholesterol and weren’t taking cholesterol medication.
According to the researchers, this sleep apnea-cholesterol connection could help explain why people with obstructive sleep apnea are at higher risk for heart disease. Results of the study underline the importance of treating sleep apnea and managing heart disease risk factors.
Sourced from: Respirology