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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers Blood Pressure In Men

A new study suggests that when prescribed by physicians in routine practice and used appropriately by patients, treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could reduce in men with hypertension.

“All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions,” said , MD, MS, the study’s principal investigator. “It’s important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea.”

The study, appearing in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, examined the of obstructive sleep apnea treatment on and diabetes control in 221 men with preexisting hypertension or type 2 diabetes and a new diagnosis of OSA. Participants received (PAP) therapy upon treatment initiation.

Results show that both systolic and decreased significantly with initiation of OSA treatment at both the first follow-up, 3-6 months after initiation, and the second follow-up, 9-12 months later.

According to the authors, this is the first study to examine the effectiveness of treatment of obstructive sleep apnea on routine measures of hypertension and diabetes control in a practice-based clinical setting. The results show the real-world effectiveness of OSA treatment on hypertension.

Source

The study: “Effects of Positive Airway Pressure Treatment on Clinical Measures of Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes”
American Academy of Sleep Medicine