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.