Results from several preliminary studies presented at SLEEP 2017 and reported by Healio suggest that sleep apnea doesn’t have to be severe to have severe consequences. 

“Early detection and treatment of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea is warranted in order to prevent future cardiometabolic diseases in young and middle-aged adults,” study presenter, Yun Li, MD, postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University, told attendees here at SLEEP 2017: 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

“Given the stronger association of sleep apnea with metabolic abnormalities in this age group, emphasis should be placed on yearly monitoring of indices of metabolic symptoms and lifestyle interventions, such as weight control, healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management,” she added.