According to a recent post in Men’s Health, scientists in France have found that the telomeres(the ends of chromosomes that degrade as we age)of men with severe sleep apnea were shorter than the telomeres of men without sleep apnea. Men with moderate sleep apnea had shorter telomeres as well.
Telomere shortening is associated with increased risk of chronic disease, including cancer.
This is yet another reason that anyone with chronic snoring should be evaluated for sleep apnea. The physicians at Great Neck ENT will request a home sleep study for patients with symptoms of sleep apnea.