High Blood Pressure reduced in Men treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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(Best Syndication News) - A study investigated men for sleep apnea to see if treating the breathing disorder would have a positive effect on their hypertension and diabetes. The researchers found that treating men with positive airway pressure (PAP) while sleeping also reduced their blood pressure. The study results were published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

"All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," said Bharati Prasad, MD, MS, the study's principal investigator. "It's important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea."

The study involved 221 men who had preexisting hypertension or type-2 diabetes and were newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The participants were treated with positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers were reduced at the beginning of the PAP therapy, and between 3 to 6 months afterward, and during the second follow-up period between 9 to 12 months later.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

Ref: "Effects of Positive Airway Pressure Treatment on Clinical Measures of Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes.", 1

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