Sleep Apnea Linked to Fatty Liver, New Studies Suggest
New studies have revealed a strong link between obstructive sleep apnea and fatty liver disease. The studies have found out that people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea tend to experience various liver diseases, mainly fatty liver. Both sleep apnea and the fatty liver disease affects a majority of the population in the country. Due to this, the occurrence of these two conditions and their relation has become widespread amongst the population.
It was only recently that researchers found an underlying link existing between sleep apnea and fatty liver disease. In the study, the researchers took a sample of obese individuals who also had sleep apnea. The studies based on this sample then confirmed that many of the individuals with sleep apnea had developed fatty liver disease. It also brought out that the severity of fatty liver disease increased with that of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea had already been linked to various diseases and conditions that affect different body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory system, etc. According to the latest studies, sleep apnea also results in the development of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in an individual.
What is Fatty Liver?
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) refers to the accumulation of fat deposits in the liver among those who consume little or never drink alcohol. Complications that occur in the disease can cause the liver to inflame and scar, which then leads to the development of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). Fatty liver that progresses to Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis can result in serious complications such as liver cancer, liver fibrosis, and liver cirrhosis.
Sleep Apnea and Fatty Liver
Researchers are trying to identify exactly how sleep apnea worsens fatty liver disease in an individual. However, they have pinpointed one way in which sleep apnea causes fatty liver. When sleep apnea occurs, it can severely reduce the oxygen levels that enter into the blood. The low level of oxygen in the blood can cause oxidative stress that directly affects the functioning of the liver thus worsening liver diseases.
Moreover, other studies have also confirmed that sleep apnea causes fatty liver in young children. This study published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found out a solid relationship between sleep apnea and fatty liver disease for about 60 percent of the children.
One way of treating the development of fatty liver is by alleviating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the individual. There are various snoring solutions available out there, which can help to prevent sleep apnea and limit its effects on health. Regular usage of such anti snoring devices can permanently eliminate sleep apnea and in turn allow the liver to continue its normal functioning.