Is Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased Risk of Osteoporosis?

May 6, 2014

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness month! Over the last decade, there have been a few small scale studies linking the diagnosis of sleep apnea with an increased risk of osteoporosis. With no concrete answer, a larger data analysis using health insurance information and followups published just a few days ago compared one million individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea to those without the diagnosis. Controlling for age and weight, it was found that there is not a significant correlation between the two conditions, as those with sleep apnea did not have a greater percentage of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, a disease diagnosed by bone brittleness, affects one in four men and one in two women over the age of 50. While many believe that osteoporosis is not preventable, just something that comes with older age, in actuality it is quite preventable. Eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, as well as foods high in calcium and vitamin D can help your bones retain density. Regular exercise and avoision of tobacco can also help your bones stay strong. Be sure to follow these tips can help you avoid a costly break!