Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 10 (ANI): Elderly people, take note!
Assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, Ricardo S. Osorio said, "The study has suggested that sleep disturbances might contribute to amyloid deposits and accelerate cognitive decline in those at risk for AD."
The study was conducted on 208 participants, age 55 to 90, with normal cognition and it was found that more than half the participants had OSA, including 36.5 percent with mild OSA and 16.8 percent with moderate to severe OSA.
The research also confirmed that those with OSA showed an increase in amyloid burden.
"Results from this study suggest that OSA, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's are related and if this is the case, then the potential benefit of developing better screening tools to diagnose OSA in the elderly who are often asymptomatic is enormous," Dr Osorio added.
This study was first published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.(ANI)