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HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of Sleep Apnea.
1 in 4 Australians suffer from this condition.3
The table shows the percentage of Australians who have the condition by age group. As you can see, it affects far more men than women.
Based on a patient base of 78,145 across Australia, the Independent Sleep Physician Cohort (ISPC) shows how instances of Sleep Apnea can increase along with common risk factors. The patients in the sample were assessed for eligibility for a sleep test according to criteria set by the ISPC.
Out of 78,145 patients tested, 86% of patients who were obese had sleep apnea, compared to 60% who were in a healthy weight range (BMI between 18.5 – 24.5).
The chances of having sleep apnea also increased with other common risk factors:
84% of males tested had sleep apnea
88% of males, over 45 tested had sleep apnea
92% of males, over 45, who were overweight and obese had sleep apnea.1
If you treat your Sleep Apnea you may decrease your risk of suffering a cardiovascular event (stroke or heart attack) by 64% if diagnosed and treated early,2 along with improving an array of other health and lifestyle benefits.
45-55 YEARS 11% 2.5%
55 YEARS AND OLDER 24% 6%
Population by Age and Sex Aust States and Territories Jun 2005. Adapted from ABS 3201.1 Accessed 27/02/06
References: 1. De-identified ISPC Patient Information (n=78,145) Data on file. 2. Buchner NJ, Sanner BM, Borgel J, Rump LC. Continuous positive airway pressure treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea reduces cardiovascular risk. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007 176:1274-80. Epub 2007 Aug 2. PubMed PMID: 17673692 3. Medical Services Advisory Committee, Public Summary Document, Application No. 1130 – Unattended Sleep Studies in the Diagnosis and Reassessment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea March 2010. 4. Panossian LA, Avidan AY. Review of sleep disorders. Med Clin North Am. 2009 Mar. 93(2):407-25, ix.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
BMI > 30
AGED > 50
The following risk factors indicate whether you could be at risk of developing, or already have, Sleep Apnea.
Being middle-aged and overweight are the most common risk factors – feeling motivated to act can be a challenge for those who feel tired. Don’t delay being tested – it could be the first step in turning your life around.
Other factors include:
Age (the older you get, the more likely you are to have Sleep Apnea)
A large neck circumference (greater than 43cm in men and 40cm in women)
Narrow upper airway (due to comparatively large tongue or uvula)
Large tonsils or adenoids
Consumption of alcohol or use of sedatives (which may relax your throat muscles)
80% of people with Sleep Apnea are undiagnosed and remain at risk3
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