Saturday, August 16, 2008

Want to Look Better and Live Longer? First, Stop Smoking

In the August 14 issue of the New York Times in the style section (where we all get our medical news apparently), there was an article that plastic surgeons are refusing to do face lifts for men and women who smoke. Hmmm... approaching a life endangering habit from a cosmetic point of view. Very much the same way we at Snoring Isn't approach snoring and sleep apnea.

While we are on the subject of smoking, two recent scientific articles point to the dangers of smoking and sleep apnea.

In February, 2008 an article was published in the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society:

...obstructive sleep apnea is also being recognized as an independent risk factor for several clinical consequences, including systemic hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and abnormal glucose metabolism.
Factors that increase vulnerability for the disorder include age,male sex, obesity, family history, menopause, craniofacial abnormalities, and certain health behaviors such as cigarette smoking and alcohol use.

And in March in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Peretz Lavie published an article that stated that smoking interacts with sleep apnea to increase risk of heart disese:

There is a synergistic effect between cigarette smoking and sleep apnea on some of the biochemical cardiovascular risk markers. Patients with severe sleep apnea who smoke are at a greater cardiovascular risk than smokers with mild-moderate sleep apnea and patients who do not smoke.

We recommend quitting smoking at any age for any reason but if you smoke and have sleep apnea, you are at risk.

Quiet Now!

Dr. Barsh


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