Mumbai:A study published on the eve of the World Sleep Day revealed that more than 53 % Sleep Apnea patients also have Diabetes and Hypertension .The study found that the numbers were significantly higher when compared to the other group where the percentage suffering was just 21 %.
According to experts the Philip Healthcare report revealed that Sleep Apnea patients suffered from serious health issues including High blood pressure, obesity, and irregular heartbeats. 14% according to the study suffered from cardiac problems and 84% acknowledged that their heavy snoring troubled others in close proximity.
According to TOI estimates show India has 30-35 million people suffering from Sleep Apnea and the country is a host to people ailing from Diabetes and Blood Pressure due to lifestyle problems; this leading to further complications like that of obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Dr Abhijeet Deshpande from the International Institute of Sleep Sciences, Mumbai stated that frequent intervals of breathlessness, excessive loud snoring, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, excessive sleep during the daytime were all common symptoms of a sleep disorder. “But the challenge is to make people aware of the condition and its effects that are life-threatening like chronic cardiac conditions, strokes, neurological disorders to name a few,” he added.
“The good news is that most sleep disorders are entirely treatable. The bad news is people are oblivious to such problems. With most urban Indians sleeping under six hours due to their lifestyle, India currently is under a large ‘sleep debt’; and due to the same reason these people get susceptible to related diseases like diabetes and hypertension.” Dr. Deshpande furthwer elaborated.
The projected numbers show that by 2025, around 70-80 million of India’s population will suffer from diabetes and hypertension. “As per experts, the prevalence of sleep apnea in such patients’ account for 40-48%,” according to Udit Goyal, business head- home healthcare, Philips Healthcare India. He said that the study was conducted across the country (Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities) with around 1027 respondents.